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What Size Should My Bathroom Ventilation Fan Be?

Ordinary tasks like showering, bathing and shaving can put home-destructive humidity into the air in your Bakersfield home. There’s good news though—a simple bathroom ventilation fan can keep you from distorted wood, mold growth, damaged drywall and other problems connected with a humid bathroom.

Even if you have ventilation fans in your bathrooms, do you know if they’re the proper size? Are they as soft and energy efficient as they could be? Hillcrest Air Conditioning & Plumbing is here to answer your questions.

Today’s bathroom ventilation fans are small and smooth and they run more quietly and efficiently than ever before. You’ll find a large range of options, from classic fans that will get the job done to fans with integrated heat lamps, motion sensors and heat-exchanger ventilation that helps prevent warmed air from escaping through your ventilation. While there are a lot of bells and whistles to choose from, the most critical characteristic 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 move, a bathroom ventilation fan should be able to replace 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 almost as high as the number of square feet in your bathroom. Therefore, if your bathroom is 5 feet by 8 feet, a CFM rating of 40 would be satisfactory.

If you have a larger 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 heed HGTV’s advice for bathrooms larger than 100 square feet – determine 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 unclear if your bathroom ventilation fan is the correct size, or you know it’s the occasion for a new one, give the experts at Hillcrest Air Conditioning & Plumbing at call at 661-437-3499. We’re here to help you ensure you have a ventilation fan that will run hard to guard your home and keep it comfy. You can even schedule an appointment with us online if that’s simplest for you.