Everyday tasks like showering, bathing and shaving can put home-destructive humidity into the air in your Brookfield home. There’s good news however—a modest bathroom ventilation fan can keep 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 noiseless and energy efficient as they could be? Central Air LLC 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 options, from simple fans that will get the job done to fans with fitted heat lamps, motion sensors and heat-exchanger ventilation that helps prevent warmed air from getting out through your ventilation. While you have a lot of bells and whistles to pick from, the most critical feature 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 typical 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 satisfactory.
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 easy, you can heed HGTV’s tips for bathrooms larger than 100 square feet – verify your CFM requirements by toting 50 CFM for every toilet; 50 CFM for each shower, bath and combo; and 100 CFM for each whirlpool.
If you’re not sure if your bathroom ventilation fan is the proper size, or you know it’s time for a new one, give the pros at Central Air LLC at call at 203-357-5913. We’re here to help you make sure you have a ventilation fan that will run hard to guard your home and keep it cozy.