What Size Should My Bathroom Ventilation Fan Be? 07/28/2017Ordinary tasks like showering, bathing and shaving can put home-harming humidity into the air in your Midlothian home. There’s good news however—a modest bathroom ventilation fan can keep you from distorted wood, mold growth, damaged drywall and other problems related 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 noiseless and energy efficient as they could be? Daniel's Heating & Refrigeration Corp. is here to answer your questions. Today’s bathroom ventilation fans are small and modern and they run more quietly and effectively than ever before. You’ll find a hefty range of selections, from classic 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 there are a lot of bells and whistles to select from, the most critical aspect of your fan is whether or not it’s big 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 exchange 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. So, if your bathroom is 5 feet by 8 feet, a CFM rating of 40 would be adequate. If you have a higher ceiling, the equation gets a little more difficult. 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 guidance for bathrooms larger than 100 square feet – determine 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 not sure if your bathroom ventilation fan is the proper size, or you know it’s come to the point for a new one, give the experts at Daniel's Heating & Refrigeration Corp. at call at 804-379-1155. We’re here to help you guarantee you have a ventilation fan that will drive hard to care for your home and keep it cozy. You can even schedule an appointment with us online if that’s easiest for you.