Average tasks like showering, bathing and shaving can put home-harming humidity into the air in your Laguna Niguel home. There’s good news still—a straightforward bathroom ventilation fan can keep 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 right size? Are they as soft and energy efficient as they could be? Ocean Air Conditioning and Heating is here to answer your questions.
Today’s bathroom ventilation fans are small and sleek and they operate more quietly and efficiently 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 avoid warmed air from escaping through your ventilation. While there are a lot of bells and whistles to pick from, the most important aspect of your fan is whether or not it’s big 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 exchange 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 at least as high as the number of square feet in your bathroom. Therefore, 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 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 simple, you can use HGTV’s advice for bathrooms larger than 100 square feet – determine 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 time for a new one, give the professionals at Ocean Air Conditioning and Heating at call at 949-317-4175. We’re here to help you make sure you have a ventilation fan that will run hard to guard your home and keep it comfortable.