Having a bathroom exhaust fan is crucial if you want your bathroom to stay mildew and mold-free. They keep moisture from settling in the nooks and crannies of your bathroom, and are a must-have for most people. While some people think they are a nuisance, as older, louder versions may have set a bad example, installing a bathroom exhaust fan will save your bathroom from mold-damage and bad odors.
These fans have come a long way. What used to be loud fans that were bulky and unappealing to the eye are now available in many styles, colors, and even have special perks such as Bluetooth technology. Knowing what to look for when choosing a bathroom exhaust fan will save you money and ensure that your device will be long-lasting.
Four Tips About Your Bathroom Exhaust Fan
- Don’t Skimp on the Price. Buying a cheap bathroom exhaust fan might save you money up front, but down the line will cost you more. Cheap models are likely to be noisy and not as efficient as the more expensive versions – and they probably won’t work at keeping your entire space moisture-free. These more expensive fans, or higher volume fans, will be worth the extra cash. “To calculate the minimum size you’ll need, take the volume of your room and divide it by 5. For example, if your bathroom is 7 feet by 10 feet, with an 8-foot ceiling, multiply 7x10x8. Divide the result, 560 cubic feet, by 5. The answer tells you that you should install a ventilating fan of at least 112 CFM.”
- Aim For Quiet. Bathroom exhaust fans used to be extremely loud, but now there is technology so that they are barely audible. When looking for a new fan, you’ll notice that they have a sone rating that tends to be from 4 (loud) to .5 (you’ll barely notice it). Choosing a fan with a sone rating less than 1 will be your best bet.
- Make Sure Your Vent Sends Air OUTSIDE. Having a bathroom exhaust fan that vents into an attic will be bad news a few months down the line. “In cold weather, the humid air extracted from your bath will condense where it has been vented, liquefying into water. If this happens anywhere inside your home, the end result will be rotted wood and moldy surfaces.”
- Upkeep is Important! Make sure to clean your bathroom exhaust fan every 3 to 6 months. If your fan stays clean it will have a longer life, whereas if your fan gets filled with dirt and dust it won’t work properly. Vacuuming the vent will suffice, but if your fan needs a deep cleaning then you should get down to business. “Start by turning off the power supply at the circuit board. Wash the fan’s cover with hot soapy water. Use a small brush to get dust and debris out of the motor and fan blades, then wipe the blades with a damp cloth. Take care that all parts are thoroughly dry before reassembling the fan and reconnecting the electricity.”
In order to have a bathroom exhaust fan running at it’s optimal performance, it’s important to have an electrician install the fixture. They will be sure to install the fan so that it vents properly, and can ensure that the noise level is at a minimum. If your home could use a bathroom exhaust fan upgrade, get in touch with Tim Kyle Electric today.
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