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Bathroom Fans

bath fan should usher moist air outside along with eliminating the problems associated with high humidity like mold, mildew and peeling paint. Conditions within a steamy bathroom can also damage building materials like wood framing and drywall.

The larger your bathroom the higher your fan’s CFM (Cubic Feet per Minute) rating should be. The CFM measures air flow capacity. The average bath fan’s rating ranges from 50 CFM to about 110 CFM. In essence, larger is better when it comes to CFM since air quality is an important concern.

Bath Fan Features

A bathroom fan need not sound like the inside of a wind tunnel; there are many options to choose from that are both quiet and decorative enough to enhance your bath’s atmosphere. Fan noise is measured in “sones”. A rating of 0.5 to 1.2 sones equals a very quiet fan. Ratings of 1.5 to 2.0 sones is still very good. Fans rated in excess of 4.0 sones tend to be much louder. By choosing a model that already includes a light and depending on its features, you can make use of your existing wiring and switch. Some models boast built-in heaters for instant warmth to those stepping out of a shower or bath. Other bath fans also have night lights to help lead children and those with trouble seeing in the dark. Look for options with timers included that will shut off your bath fan after a predetermined length of time to save on energy costs.


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