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What Size Should My Bathroom Ventilation Fan Be?

Ordinary tasks like showering, bathing and shaving can put home-destructive humidity into the air in your Baltimore home. There’s good news however—a straightforward bathroom ventilation fan can keep you from distorted 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 quiet and energy efficient as they could be? Quality Refrigeration 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 great range of choices, from classic 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 escaping through your ventilation. While you can find a lot of bells and whistles to select from, the most critical aspect of your fan is whether or not it’s big enough to do its job.

Rated 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 typical 8-foot ceiling, your ventilation fan should have a CFM rating almost 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 satisfactory.

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 advice for bathrooms larger than 100 square feet – determine your CFM requirements by adding 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 right size, or you know it’s the occasion for a new one, give the professionals at Quality Refrigeration at call at 410-355-6010. We’re here to help you make sure you have a ventilation fan that will drive hard to care for your home and keep it comfy. You can even set up an appointment with us online if that’s the most straightforward for you.