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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 York home. There’s good news though—a straightforward bathroom ventilation fan can keep you from distorted wood, mold growth, broken 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 proper size? Are they as noiseless and energy efficient as they could be? Strine's Heating & A/C 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 great 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 avoid warmed air from escaping through your ventilation. While there are a lot of bells and whistles to select from, the most imperative aspect 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 push, 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 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 straightforward, you can use HGTV’s advice 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 come to the point for a new one, give the professionals at Strine's Heating & A/C Inc at call at 717-755-4127. We’re here to help you guarantee you have a ventilation fan that will drive hard to care for your home and keep it comfortable. You can even arrange an appointment with us online if that’s easiest for you.