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What Size Should My Bathroom Ventilation Fan Be?

Ordinary tasks like showering, bathing and shaving can put home-damaging humidity into the air in your Abilene home. There’s good news though—a simple bathroom ventilation fan can keep you from deformed wood, mold growth, cracked drywall and other problems 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 quiet and energy efficient as they could be? Abilene Air-Tech Inc is here to answer your questions.

Today’s bathroom ventilation fans are small and smooth and they work more quietly and effectively than ever before. You’ll find a large range of options, from average fans that will get the job done to fans with fitted heat lamps, motion sensors and heat-exchanger ventilation that helps block 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.

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 standard 8-foot ceiling, your ventilation fan should have a CFM rating about 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 sufficient.

If you have a taller 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 straightforward, you can follow 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 correct size, or you know it’s the occasion for a new one, give the experts at Abilene Air-Tech Inc at call at 325-692-5850. We’re here to help you guarantee you have a ventilation fan that will drive hard to guard your home and keep it cozy. You can even set up an appointment with us online if that’s the most straightforward for you.