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What Size Should My Bathroom Ventilation Fan Be?

Average tasks like showering, bathing and shaving can put home-harming humidity into the air in your Plover home. There’s good news though—a straightforward bathroom ventilation fan can keep you from deformed wood, mold growth, damaged drywall and other issues 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? Point Heating & Cooling 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 hefty range of choices, from simple fans that will get the job done to fans with built-in heat lamps, motion sensors and heat-exchanger ventilation that helps block warmed air from escaping through your ventilation. While you have a lot of bells and whistles to select from, the most imperative aspect 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 typical 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 adequate.

If you have a higher ceiling, the equation gets a little more complex. 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 use HGTV’s advice for bathrooms larger than 100 square feet – establish your CFM requirements by toting 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 proper size, or you know it’s come to the point for a new one, give the pros at Point Heating & Cooling at call at 715-345-1979. We’re here to help you guarantee you have a ventilation fan that will work hard to care for your home and keep it cozy. You can even schedule an appointment with us online if that’s simplest for you.