Ordinary tasks like showering, bathing and shaving can put home-damaging humidity into the air in your Middletown home. There’s good news though—a modest bathroom ventilation fan can keep you from distorted wood, mold growth, cracked drywall and other trouble connected with a humid bathroom.
Even if you have ventilation fans in your bathrooms, do you know if they’re the proper size? Are they as noiseless and energy efficient as they could be? SchagrinGAS Company is here to answer your questions.
Today’s bathroom ventilation fans are small and smooth and they run more quietly and efficiently than ever before. You’ll find a hefty range of options, from classic fans that will get the job done to fans with integrated heat lamps, motion sensors and heat-exchanger ventilation that helps prevent warmed air from leaking through your ventilation. While you can find a lot of bells and whistles to choose from, the most imperative feature of your fan is whether or not it’s full-sized enough to do its job.
Assessed by the cubic feet per minute (CFM) of air they move, a bathroom ventilation fan should be able to replace the air in a bathroom at least eight times an hour. With a normal 8-foot ceiling, your ventilation fan should have a CFM rating about the number of square feet in your bathroom. Therefore, if your bathroom is 5 feet by 8 feet, a CFM rating of 40 would be sufficient.
If you have a higher ceiling, the equation gets a little more difficult. You’ll want to multiply the width of the room by its height and length, divide it by 60 and multiply by 8. Or, to keep it straightforward, you can heed HGTV’s tips for bathrooms larger than 100 square feet – verify your CFM requirements by increasing 50 CFM for every toilet; 50 CFM for each shower, bath and combo; and 100 CFM for each whirlpool.
If you’re unsure if your bathroom ventilation fan is the proper size, or you know it’s time for a new one, give the experts at SchagrinGAS Company at call at 302-231-1380. We’re here to help you guarantee you have a ventilation fan that will work hard to care for your home and keep it comfortable.