Ordinary tasks like showering, bathing and shaving can put home-destructive humidity into the air in your Paxinos home. There’s good news however—a modest bathroom ventilation fan can keep you from distorted wood, mold growth, broken drywall and other issues related 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 quiet and energy efficient as they could be? LTS Plumbing & Heating Inc. is here to answer your questions.
Today’s bathroom ventilation fans are small and modern and they work more quietly and economically than ever before. You’ll find a hefty range of choices, from classic fans that will get the job done to fans with fitted heat lamps, motion sensors and heat-exchanger ventilation that helps avoid warmed air from getting out through your ventilation. While you have a lot of bells and whistles to select from, the most imperative characteristic of your fan is whether or not it’s large enough to do its job.
Graded by the cubic feet per minute (CFM) of air they transfer, a bathroom ventilation fan should be able to swap out the air in a bathroom at least eight times an hour. With a standard 8-foot ceiling, your ventilation fan should have a CFM rating almost as high as 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 satisfactory.
If you have a taller ceiling, the equation gets a little more complicated. 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 adding 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 professionals at LTS Plumbing & Heating Inc. at call at 570-648-0748. We’re here to help you ensure you have a ventilation fan that will drive hard to guard your home and keep it comfortable.