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What Size Should My Bathroom Ventilation Fan Be?

Everyday tasks like showering, bathing and shaving can put home-destructive humidity into the air in your Crestview home. There’s good news still—a modest bathroom ventilation fan can protect you from deformed wood, mold growth, damaged drywall and other problems associated with a humid bathroom.

Even if you have ventilation fans in your bathrooms, do you know if they’re the right size? Are they as quiet and energy efficient as they could be? Gordon Air Conditioning is here to answer your questions.

Today’s bathroom ventilation fans are small and modern and they work more quietly and efficiently than ever before. You’ll find a large 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 avoid warmed air from leaking through your ventilation. While there are a lot of bells and whistles to select from, the most important characteristic of your fan is whether or not it’s big enough to do its job.

Graded by the cubic feet per minute (CFM) of air they push, 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 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 adequate.

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 simple, you can heed HGTV’s tips for bathrooms larger than 100 square feet – determine 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 right size, or you know it’s the occasion for a new one, give the professionals at Gordon Air Conditioning at call at 850-682-5509. We’re here to help you make sure you have a ventilation fan that will drive hard to guard your home and keep it cozy. You can even arrange an appointment with us online if that’s easiest for you.