Ordinary tasks like showering, bathing and shaving can put home-harming humidity into the air in your Bend home. There’s good news though—a modest bathroom ventilation fan can protect you from distorted wood, mold growth, damaged drywall and other issues 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 soft and energy efficient as they could be? Tri County Climate Control LLC is here to answer your questions.
Today’s bathroom ventilation fans are small and smooth and they work more quietly and efficiently than ever before. You’ll find a hefty range of selections, from simple fans that will get the job done to fans with built-in heat lamps, motion sensors and heat-exchanger ventilation that helps avoid warmed air from escaping through your ventilation. While you can find a lot of bells and whistles to select from, the most critical aspect 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 push, 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. Thus, if your bathroom is 5 feet by 8 feet, a CFM rating of 40 would be sufficient.
If you have a larger ceiling, the equation gets a little more complex. 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 simple, you can follow 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 the occasion for a new one, give the pros at Tri County Climate Control LLC at call at 541-238-2797. We’re here to help you ensure you have a ventilation fan that will run hard to protect your home and keep it cozy.