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What Size Should My Bathroom Ventilation Fan Be?

Ordinary tasks like showering, bathing and shaving can put home-harming humidity into the air in your Beaverton home. There’s good news still—a straightforward bathroom ventilation fan can keep you from distorted 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 correct size? Are they as quiet and energy efficient as they could be? Garoken Energy Co. Inc. is here to answer your questions.

Today’s bathroom ventilation fans are small and modern and they work more quietly and effectively than ever before. You’ll find a great range of options, from simple fans that will get the job done to fans with fitted heat lamps, motion sensors and heat-exchanger ventilation that helps avoid warmed air from escaping through your ventilation. While you have a lot of bells and whistles to pick from, the most critical feature of your fan is whether or not it’s big 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 normal 8-foot ceiling, your ventilation fan should have a CFM rating about 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 adequate.

If you have a taller 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 tips for bathrooms larger than 100 square feet – determine 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 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 professionals at Garoken Energy Co. Inc. at call at 503-848-3838. We’re here to help you make sure you have a ventilation fan that will run hard to care for your home and keep it comfortable. You can even arrange an appointment with us online if that’s easiest for you.