Airing Out Your Moisture Problems
We all know how moisture can be a problem in the bathroom. Not only can it cause paint to peel and wood furniture like cabinet doors to warp, it can also proliferate the growth and accumulation of the dreaded mold spores.
By just installing a simple exhaust fan, you can greatly reduce or eliminate the many evils created by excessive moisture in your bathroom. Installing a bathroom exhaust fan will save you money because you won’t have to replace warped cabinets and doors.
It also will eliminate or reduce the amount of times you have to repaint your walls due to mold and keeps your bathroom a clean, dry and healthy environment for you and your family, not to mention, getting rid of odors, VOCs and circulating the air in your home.
So how do know which fan is the right one for your bathroom? A good bathroom exhaust fan should be quiet, energy efficient and maintain proper mechanical ventilation to address poor indoor air quality.
The experts recommend that a bathroom exhaust fan be able to deliver eight air changes per hour (ACH). The way that you calculate what fan size is best for you is by first determining the cubic feet of your washroom.
This can be done by multiplying the length x width x height of your lavatory. Next you divide the result by 60 (which is the no. of minutes in an hour). And finally multiply that answer by the number of recommended air changes per hour (8) to get the fan size that you will need for your bathroom.
Rid Your Home of VOC’s
VOC are gases released from building materials over time as a result of aging and decomposition. In the winter months or when opening up a window is not an option, a good bathroom exhaust fan will help to eliminate VOCs and keep the air in your home fresh and well circulated.
The only drawback to this procedure is the energy consumption if this is done excessively and too frequently. It should be noted here that if you have a sauna, hot tub or steam room in your bathroom, this will also affect your choice of bathroom exhaust fans to buy.
The details of installing your bathroom exhaust fan may differ by model, but the reasoning for doing so is universal. Good ventilation in your bathroom is not only good for your health; it is also good for the structural integrity of the space by eliminating mold and mildew build-up in your walls.
This also removes excessive moisture and pollutants before they can spread to other parts of your home, thereby creating a healthy and comfortable living environment for the entire family.