It’s hard to leave the comfort of a nice warm shower. But did you know that running your shower can be doing harm to your bathroom? By bringing humidity and moisture into a concentrated place, your shower can cause your bathroom to be the perfect breeding ground for mold and mildew. Luckily, you have a way to fight the damaging effects of humidity, and that’s by investing in bathroom fans. But which one is right for your bathroom? Read on to find out.
Bathroom fans work by removing excess moisture from your bathroom. New technologies offer features the make bathroom fans smaller, quieter and more efficient. Some even include motion activated lights or heat exchanger ventilation. These features, as well as the size of your bathroom, all things you will want to consider when you are looking to purchase. Here are some other features you may want to think about:
Air Flow Capacity
Air flow capacities are measured by cubic feet per minute (cfm). Your fan should have 1 cfm for every square foot of floor space in your bathroom.
Noise level is rated by sones. A fan that is rated 0.5 to 1.2 sones will be very quiet. Fans rated 1.5 to 2.0 zones will be moderately quiet. Fans with a rating of 4.0 sones or higher tend to be noisy.
There are also smart options available for bathroom fans. These include:
Humidity Sensing: Some fans might activate automatically when they detect high levels of humidity.
Motion Sensor Activation: This means the fan will turn on every time someone enters the bathroom.
Night Light: Included with some fans, these will help you find your way in the dark.
Overhead Lighting: Some fans include this feature. Overhead lights may be motion or switch activated.
Built in Heaters: These add extra warmth, a nice touch when it’s cold outside.
It’s also important to think about energy efficiency when considering your bathroom fan purchase. An Energy Star rated fan will use about 60% less energy than standard fans. Fans with quieter motors are more energy efficient as well. In some states, bathroom fans must be up to building codes which requires them to meet energy efficiency guidelines.
Bathroom fans are electrical supplies which can be purchased at most home improvement stores. You can also look at electrical supply stores that carry appliances. Electrical supplies online are also a good resource. Bathroom fans are typically installed by electricians who may be able to purchase them at electrical wholesale outlets.
Bathroom fans are a wise investment as they offer needed maintenance for your home. They are even a requirement by building codes in some areas, if there is no operable window in the bathroom. Hopefully you are now armed with most the information you need to make an educated buying decision. So best of luck with your purchase.