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What Size Should My Bathroom Ventilation Fan Be?

Ordinary tasks like showering, bathing and shaving can put home-damaging humidity into the air in your Augusta home. There’s good news though—a simple bathroom ventilation fan can keep you from distorted wood, mold growth, damaged drywall and other issues related 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 soft and energy efficient as they could be? McCune Heating & Cooling is here to answer your questions.

Today’s bathroom ventilation fans are small and smooth and they run more quietly and economically than ever before. You’ll find a large range of choices, from simple fans that will get the job done to fans with built-in heat lamps, motion sensors and heat-exchanger ventilation that helps block warmed air from getting out through your ventilation. While you can find a lot of bells and whistles to choose from, the most critical feature of your fan is whether or not it’s full-sized enough to do its job.

Assessed by the cubic feet per minute (CFM) of air they push, 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 almost as high as the number of square feet in your bathroom. Thus, if your bathroom is 5 feet by 8 feet, a CFM rating of 40 would be satisfactory.

If you have a higher ceiling, the equation gets a little more complicated. 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 easy, you can follow HGTV’s advice for bathrooms larger than 100 square feet – verify your CFM requirements by adding 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 proper size, or you know it’s the occasion for a new one, give the experts at McCune Heating & Cooling at call at 316-733-9123. We’re here to help you guarantee you have a ventilation fan that will run hard to care for your home and keep it comfortable. You can even set up an appointment with us online if that’s the most straightforward for you.