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The benefits and options of an exhaust ventilation fan in a bathroom remodeling project

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

If your bathroom has mold, mildew, deteriorated plumbing fixtures, peeling paint, failing drywall/framing or cabinetry and doors that are warped you could benefit from the installation of a ventilation exhaust fan. Even if a home has an operable window the humidity caused by showers/tubs, whirlpools and toilets can leave behind the harmful effects of moisture and bad smells.

 

In the article below learn the benefits and options of a bath ventilation fan and other key considerations in choosing the right fan for your home.

 

Benefits of an Exhaust Fan

 

When you install a fan in a bathroom remodeling project you will get the following benefits:

 

  • Improved indoor air quality – fans provide an environmentally friendly space which will lessen the chance of family health problems and make a fresher smelling bathroom.

 

  • Reduce future maintenance and remodeling expenses – there can be a large cost to ignoring the harmful effects of too much humidity in a bathroom. Not removing humidity can cause mold, mildew and deterioration of walls, doors, ceilings, fixtures and cabinetry.

 

  • Help to keep mirrors from fogging up – it’s certainly a nuisance to have to wipe down mirrors after taking a shower – a vent fan will dramatically lessen this problem.

 

Key Considerations in Choosing a Ventilation Fan

 

Here are some important points to consider when sizing, locating and using your fan:

 

  • Sizing – The CFM (cubic feet per minute of air movement) needs to be determined whether you’ve got a small or large bathroom.

 

    • Small bathrooms less than 100 square feet – The rule of thumb you should have 1 CFM of capacity for every square foot of space. So a 5’ x 7’ bathroom should use a fan that is 35 square feet (5 x 7).

 

    • Larger bathrooms greater than 100 square feet – In these spaces add together a CFM capacity of 50 for each toilet, 50 CFM for each tub/shower enclosure, and 100 CFM for a jetted whirlpool.

 

  • Location – Put your unit(s) near the tub/shower, toilet and whirlpool areas. If you have separate toilet rooms include a fan inside this space.

 

  • Using the fan – Leave the fan running for 20 to 30 minutes after you’ve used the shower.

 

Product Options

 

One size does not fit all when it comes to a fan. When shopping for fans you’ll see several options including:

 

  • Different size capacities
  • Lights or night lights.
  • Heating elements.
  • Timer switches
  • Humidistat for automatic operation
  • Different noise levels.

 

If you’ve ever heard the old saying an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure – this can definitely apply to using an exhaust fan in a bath remodeling project. What experience and thoughts do you have with this product? Please comment below.

 

 

 

If you’re looking for more information or an estimate to install a bath tub wall surround visit The Bath Doctor of Cleveland (216-531-6085), Columbus (614-252-7294), Cincinnati (513-742-6679) or Dayton (937-299-3822) – divisions of Innovate Building Solutions. For complete bathroom remodeling projects call or visit Cleveland Design & Remodeling (216-658-1270) and Cincinnati Design & Remodeling (513-744-2172).

 

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Mike Foti

President of Innovate Building Solutions a nationwide supplier and regional (Cleveland and Columbus) remodeling contractors. Some of our product lines include glass counters, floors, backsplashes, glass blocks and grout free shower and tub wall panels

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