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What Size Should My Bathroom Ventilation Fan Be?

Ordinary tasks like showering, bathing and shaving can put home-destructive humidity into the air in your Shelby Township home. There’s good news though—a simple bathroom ventilation fan can keep you from deformed 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 soft and energy efficient as they could be? Mr. Air Repair is here to answer your questions.

Today’s bathroom ventilation fans are small and sleek and they work more quietly and economically than ever before. You’ll find a hefty range of selections, 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 getting out through your ventilation. While there are a lot of bells and whistles to select from, the most critical feature of your fan is whether or not it’s large 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 swap out the air in a bathroom at least eight times an hour. With a normal 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 adequate.

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 easy, you can follow HGTV’s tips for bathrooms larger than 100 square feet – verify 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 not sure if your bathroom ventilation fan is the correct size, or you know it’s come to the point for a new one, give the experts at Mr. Air Repair at call at 586-262-4258. 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 simplest for you.