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What Size Should My Bathroom Ventilation Fan Be?

Everyday tasks like showering, bathing and shaving can put home-damaging humidity into the air in your East Peoria home. There’s good news though—a modest bathroom ventilation fan can keep you from deformed wood, mold growth, damaged drywall and other problems 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 noiseless and energy efficient as they could be? Accurate Heating & Cooling LLC is here to answer your questions.

Today’s bathroom ventilation fans are small and sleek and they work more quietly and economically than ever before. You’ll find a large 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 avoid warmed air from getting out through your ventilation. While you can find a lot of bells and whistles to pick from, the most critical aspect of your fan is whether or not it’s large enough to do its job.

Graded by the cubic feet per minute (CFM) of air they transfer, a bathroom ventilation fan should be able to swap out 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 at least 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 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 simple, you can follow HGTV’s advice for bathrooms larger than 100 square feet – verify 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 unsure if your bathroom ventilation fan is the right size, or you know it’s come to the point for a new one, give the experts at Accurate Heating & Cooling LLC at call at 309-437-2703. We’re here to help you ensure you have a ventilation fan that will run hard to guard your home and keep it cozy. You can even arrange an appointment with us online if that’s the most straightforward for you.