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.
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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