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What Size Should My Bathroom Ventilation Fan Be?

Average tasks like showering, bathing and shaving can put home-destructive humidity into the air in your West Palm Beach home. There’s good news still—a simple bathroom ventilation fan can protect you from distorted wood, mold growth, cracked drywall and other trouble 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 noiseless and energy efficient as they could be? Hopkins Air Conditioning, Inc. is here to answer your questions.

Today’s bathroom ventilation fans are small and sleek and they operate more quietly and efficiently than ever before. You’ll find a hefty range of choices, from classic fans that will get the job done to fans with fitted heat lamps, motion sensors and heat-exchanger ventilation that helps prevent warmed air from getting out through your ventilation. While you can find a lot of bells and whistles to select from, the most critical feature 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 about the number of square feet in your bathroom. Thus, if your bathroom is 5 feet by 8 feet, a CFM rating of 40 would be satisfactory.

If you have a taller 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 use HGTV’s tips 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 not sure if your bathroom ventilation fan is the right size, or you know it’s the occasion for a new one, give the pros at Hopkins Air Conditioning, Inc. at call at 561-401-0011. We’re here to help you make sure you have a ventilation fan that will drive hard to protect your home and keep it cozy. You can even schedule an appointment with us online if that’s the most straightforward for you.