Why Sufficient Bathroom Ventilation is Crucial
A question commonly asked by homeowners is, “How can improve the quality if the air in my home?” While opening doors and windows will certainly help in this regard, an item that is often overlooked is that of an exhaust fan being installed in each bathroom. Below are a few reasons why it’s essential to allow sufficient ventilation in bathrooms.
1. Keep your Family Comfortable Indoors
After everyone has showered or had a bath, excess humidity that remains in your home’s bathroom will spread throughout your home, causing it to feel humid. This humidity not only causes discomfort; over time, it can cause fixtures throughout your home to discolor or become moldy. Installing a good quality exhaust fan in the bathroom will help prevent any of this from occurring.
2. Minimize the Risk of Bacterial Growth
The bacterial strains that are responsible for causing staph (staphylococcus) and strep throat (streptococcus) are both known to thrive in areas of a home that are more humid than they should be. Making use of an exhaust fan in your bathroom will help ensure that these nasty’s don’t have anywhere to breed unchecked in your home.
3. Prevent Mold and Mildew from Developing
Although mold may seem like little more than a minor annoyance, this substance is known for causing a host of respiratory-related conditions such as asthma, runny nose, blocked sinuses, coughing, skin and eye-related allergies.
Not only does mold and mildew affect your family’s health. It will cause fixtures and soft furnishings to deteriorate over time as well. Mold spores have the ability to travel right through your home and cause substantial property damage.
When humidity levels are kept below the 50% mark in your home, there is far less chance of mold or mildew developing over time. Leaving an exhaust fan running for a minimum of 15 minutes after the last family member has showered will help expel as much unwanted moisture from your home as possible.
4. Reduce Condensation
Reducing the amount of moisture in your home means that you will see a lot less condensation on shower and bathroom walls, windows and mirrors as well.
5. Ensuring Sufficient Ventilation
Exhaust fans are available in various sizes, so it’s essential to choose one that will be big enough to remove the excess moisture in your bathroom.
When choosing a fan, a minimum size of 50 CFM (cubic feet per minute) is recommended. Each bathtub or shower should have its own unit as well to ensure that moisture is removed from inside your home as quickly as possible. These fans should also be installed in such a way that they direct the moisture outside and not into your home’s walls or roof, as this can cause mold to develop between wall cavities over time.
If your bathroom requires additional ventilation and you’re not sure where to start, get in touch with our team today. They will be able to provide you with advice regarding the amount and size of exhaust fans that will be recommended.