What Size Should My Bathroom Ventilation Fan Be? 07/28/2017Average tasks like showering, bathing and shaving can put home-damaging humidity into the air in your Hauppauge home. There’s good news still—a simple bathroom ventilation fan can save you from distorted wood, mold growth, cracked 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 correct size? Are they as soft and energy efficient as they could be? Cool Power LLC is here to answer your questions. Today’s bathroom ventilation fans are small and sleek and they operate more quietly and economically than ever before. You’ll find a large range of options, from classic 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 leaking through your ventilation. While there are a lot of bells and whistles to pick from, the most imperative 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 swap out 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 sufficient. If you have a taller 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 right size, or you know it’s come to the point for a new one, give the experts at Cool Power LLC at call at 631-360-2665. We’re here to help you ensure you have a ventilation fan that will work hard to guard your home and keep it cozy. You can even schedule an appointment with us online if that’s the most straightforward for you.