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What Size Should My Bathroom Ventilation Fan Be?

Everyday tasks like showering, bathing and shaving can put home-destructive humidity into the air in your Murrieta home. There’s good news though—a simple bathroom ventilation fan can protect you from distorted wood, mold growth, cracked drywall and other trouble related 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 quiet and energy efficient as they could be? Cool Air Solutions is here to answer your questions.

Today’s bathroom ventilation fans are small and smooth and they run more quietly and economically than ever before. You’ll find a great range of selections, from simple fans that will get the job done to fans with integrated heat lamps, motion sensors and heat-exchanger ventilation that helps prevent warmed air from leaking through your ventilation. While you can find a lot of bells and whistles to choose from, the most important characteristic of your fan is whether or not it’s large enough to do its job.

Rated by the cubic feet per minute (CFM) of air they transfer, a bathroom ventilation fan should be able to replace 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 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 simple, you can follow HGTV’s tips for bathrooms larger than 100 square feet – determine 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 time for a new one, give the experts at Cool Air Solutions at call at 951-676-2665. 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 comfy. You can even schedule an appointment with us online if that’s easiest for you.