Ordinary tasks like showering, bathing and shaving can put home-damaging humidity into the air in your Crestview home. There’s good news still—a straightforward bathroom ventilation fan can protect you from warped wood, mold growth, cracked 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 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 sleek and they operate more quietly and effectively than ever before. You’ll find a hefty range of options, from average 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 feature 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 move, 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. Thus, if your bathroom is 5 feet by 8 feet, a CFM rating of 40 would be sufficient.
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 follow HGTV’s advice for bathrooms larger than 100 square feet – establish 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 unclear if your bathroom ventilation fan is the correct size, or you know it’s the occasion for a new one, give the pros at Gordon Air Conditioning at call at 850-250-0335. We’re here to help you make sure you have a ventilation fan that will run hard to protect your home and keep it cozy.