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What Size Should My Bathroom Ventilation Fan Be?

Average tasks like showering, bathing and shaving can put home-harming humidity into the air in your Lodi home. There’s good news however—a modest bathroom ventilation fan can keep you from deformed wood, mold growth, cracked drywall and other trouble related 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 soft and energy efficient as they could be? Tokay Heating and Air Conditioning is here to answer your questions.

Today’s bathroom ventilation fans are small and modern and they operate more quietly and effectively than ever before. You’ll find a great range of selections, from simple 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 pick from, the most imperative characteristic of your fan is whether or not it’s large enough to do its job.

Assessed by the cubic feet per minute (CFM) of air they move, a bathroom ventilation fan should be able to swap out 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. Therefore, if your bathroom is 5 feet by 8 feet, a CFM rating of 40 would be adequate.

If you have a higher 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 follow HGTV’s guidance for bathrooms larger than 100 square feet – determine your CFM requirements by increasing 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 Tokay Heating and Air Conditioning at call at 209-368-0556. We’re here to help you guarantee you have a ventilation fan that will work hard to guard your home and keep it comfy. You can even set up an appointment with us online if that’s simplest for you.