What Size Should My Bathroom Ventilation Fan Be?

Air Quality

Everyday tasks like showering, bathing and shaving can put home-harming humidity into the air in your Erie home. There’s good news however—a modest bathroom ventilation fan can save you from deformed wood, mold growth, cracked 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 correct size? Are they as noiseless and energy efficient as they could be? Patterson & Stirling Inc is here to answer your questions.

Today’s bathroom ventilation fans are small and sleek and they run more quietly and effectively than ever before. You’ll find a great range of options, from classic fans that will get the job done to fans with built-in heat lamps, motion sensors and heat-exchanger ventilation that helps prevent warmed air from escaping through your ventilation. While you can find a lot of bells and whistles to select from, the most important characteristic 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 transfer, 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. So, if your bathroom is 5 feet by 8 feet, a CFM rating of 40 would be satisfactory.

If you have a higher 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 simple, 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 not sure if your bathroom ventilation fan is the correct size, or you know it’s time for a new one, give the experts at Patterson & Stirling Inc at call at 814-833-5558. We’re here to help you ensure you have a ventilation fan that will work hard to guard your home and keep it comfortable. You can even schedule an appointment with us online if that’s simplest for you.

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