What Size Should My Bathroom Ventilation Fan Be?

Air Quality

Average tasks like showering, bathing and shaving can put home-destructive humidity into the air in your West Columbia home. There’s good news though—a straightforward bathroom ventilation fan can protect you from warped 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 correct size? Are they as noiseless and energy efficient as they could be? Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc. is here to answer your questions.

Today’s bathroom ventilation fans are small and modern and they operate more quietly and economically than ever before. You’ll find a hefty range of choices, from average 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 pick from, the most imperative aspect of your fan is whether or not it’s big 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 exchange 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 about the number of square feet in your bathroom. So, if your bathroom is 5 feet by 8 feet, a CFM rating of 40 would be adequate.

If you have a larger 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 simple, you can use HGTV’s guidance for bathrooms larger than 100 square feet – establish 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 unclear if your bathroom ventilation fan is the right size, or you know it’s the occasion for a new one, give the experts at Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc. at call at 803-796-9172. We’re here to help you ensure you have a ventilation fan that will drive hard to care for your home and keep it comfy. You can even schedule an appointment with us online if that’s simplest for you.

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