Wondering whether or not you should have an exhaust fan installed in your new or existing bathroom? For starters, it’s required in most building codes today (especially if there aren’t any windows), but beyond that, it sure is a good idea. See below to find out why you should seriously consider a bathroom fan, even if it isn’t required in your area:
Most people turn a bathroom fan on in order to remove foul odors or musty smells from the room. While an exhaust fan can certainly help do that, they serve a much more vast purpose. Exhaust fans work to remove warm, moist air that is generally created as a result of using the bathtub or shower.
The simple answer — yes. Warm, moist air encourages the growth of mold and mildew, both of which can be harmful if ingested. This is why you might notice black spots in the shower pan or tub, along caulk lines inside the shower, on grout between tiles and even on the walls or ceilings. Those black spots usually aren’t just dirt or soap scum, it’s usually much more harmful than that!
Aside from fostering mold growth, the humid air bathrooms are often subjected to can damage walls, ceilings, floors and even plumbing fixtures. After all, paint, wood and chrome, copper, satin or nickel plumbing finishes weren’t specifically designed to withstand high moisture.
Just like most other pieces of hvac equipment in your home, size does matter. Bathroom fans come in a variety of shapes and sizes, along with a number of other features that set them apart from one another and it’s vital to pay close attention to what you’re purchasing. Make sure the fan you intend to buy is sufficient for the size of the bathroom it’s going to be located in. It’s also important to note the sound rating. Generally speaking, a sound rating of 1.0 or less is preferred because you don’t necessarily want to hear the fan buzzing while it’s in use — it can be quite distracting!
Have additional questions about bathroom exhaust fans? Feel free to give the friendly staff at Hero Plumbing, Heating & Cooling a call today! After all, we’ve been serving the Twin Cities area for over 100 years so you know you can count on us!