Ordinary tasks like showering, bathing and shaving can put home-damaging humidity into the air in your Franklin & South Indy home. There’s good news though—a straightforward bathroom ventilation fan can protect you from deformed wood, mold growth, cracked drywall and other trouble connected 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 soft and energy efficient as they could be? Winters Heating and Cooling is here to answer your questions.
Today’s bathroom ventilation fans are small and modern and they operate more quietly and effectively than ever before. You’ll find a hefty range of options, from classic 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 can find a lot of bells and whistles to pick from, the most imperative aspect 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 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 at least as high as 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 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 straightforward, you can heed 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 not sure if your bathroom ventilation fan is the proper size, or you know it’s come to the point for a new one, give the pros at Winters Heating and Cooling at call at 317-406-5783. We’re here to help you ensure you have a ventilation fan that will run hard to guard your home and keep it comfortable.