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The Basics of Bathroom Fans and Why You Need Them

The Basics of Bathroom Fans and Why You Need Them

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September 11, 2009

A good hot shower or bath can be wonderful. But getting ready in the aftermath can be difficult because the bathroom mirrors are entirely fogged with steam. There are also hidden problems associated with too much moisture in the bathroom:

The Bathroom Fan: Avoid These Problems

  • Excess moisture that encourages mildew to form on walls, and bathroom fixtures
  • Painted walls and wallpaper may peal and flake because of excessive moisture
  • Mold and spores form in a humid environment
  • Wooden doors may warp from condensation
  • Significant costs for repair may result from long-term moisture build up

The good news is your foggy mirrors and associated problems coming from excess moisture build up can be solved with the installation or replacement of a new bathroom exhaust fan by qualified bathroom remodeling contractors.

If you are very handy around the house and understand electrical wiring and installation, you may be able to do this as a weekend do-it-yourself (DIY) project.

The ABCs of Bathroom Fans

Choosing the proper exhaust fan involves several things:

  • The cubic feet per minute (CFM) rating
  • The type of bathroom fan: fan only, fan with light, fan with heater, fan with light and heater
  • The style of the fan: round, square, rectangular
  • The noise level that the fan produces

A bathroom fan's CFM rating is very important. If you choose an exhaust fan that isn't efficient, the fogging mirrors and moisture remain. To find out how much CFM you require, go to the Internet to use one of the many CFM formula calculators that are available.

Installing the right fan for your bathroom is a wise investment not only for convenience, but for the well-being and maintenance of your bathroom. Bathroom remodeling contractors can assist you in answering any questions you may have about bathroom fans.

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