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What Size Should My Bathroom Ventilation Fan Be?

Average tasks like showering, bathing and shaving can put home-damaging humidity into the air in your Utica home. There’s good news still—a straightforward bathroom ventilation fan can save you from deformed wood, mold growth, broken 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 soft and energy efficient as they could be? Main Heating & Cooling, Inc. is here to answer your questions.

Today’s bathroom ventilation fans are small and modern and they run more quietly and effectively than ever before. You’ll find a large range of selections, from simple 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 leaking through your ventilation. While you can find a lot of bells and whistles to choose from, the most critical feature of your fan is whether or not it’s full-sized 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 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 almost 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 adequate.

If you have a taller 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 guidance 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 not sure if your bathroom ventilation fan is the proper size, or you know it’s the occasion for a new one, give the experts at Main Heating & Cooling, Inc. at call at 586-731-0950. We’re here to help you guarantee you have a ventilation fan that will work hard to protect your home and keep it comfortable. You can even schedule an appointment with us online if that’s easiest for you.