What Size Should My Bathroom Ventilation Fan Be?

Average tasks like showering, bathing and shaving can put home-destructive humidity into the air in your Denton home. There’s good news however—a simple bathroom ventilation fan can save you from distorted wood, mold growth, broken drywall and other issues related 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 noiseless and energy efficient as they could be? Oak Point Heating and Air LLC is here to answer your questions.

Today’s bathroom ventilation fans are small and sleek and they work more quietly and efficiently than ever before. You’ll find a great range of choices, 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 leaking through your ventilation. While you have a lot of bells and whistles to select from, the most important characteristic 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 move, 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. 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 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 straightforward, you can use HGTV’s guidance for bathrooms larger than 100 square feet – verify 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 right size, or you know it’s come to the point for a new one, give the professionals at Oak Point Heating and Air LLC at call at 940-202-1202. We’re here to help you make sure you have a ventilation fan that will run hard to care for your home and keep it cozy. 

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