Remodeling your home gives you so many opportunities to get everything right in terms of aesthetics, comfort, convenience and efficiency. Nowhere is that truer than in bathroom renovations.
When you embark on a bathroom renovation, you’ll be looking at the latest designs in sinks, bathtubs, showers, toilets and fixtures. But there’s another aspect of a remodel that you shouldn’t over look — bathroom ventilation.
Here is some valuable information about why you should add or upgrade exhaust ventilation to your bathroom:
How an Exhaust Ventilation System Helps Your Indoor Air Quality
An exhaust ventilation system in your bathroom will help you accomplish the following:
- Get rid of mold, mildew and fungus
- Provide fresher air as it exhausts stale or bad-smelling air
- Lower the humidity in the home, so you don’t have to turn the thermostat down to feel cool
But if you already have an exhaust fan, and it’s not accomplishing these targets, it could be because it’s not properly exhausting to the outdoors. Often, the ducting for these systems goes into a space between joists in the ceiling or into the attic. You don’t want moist air being sent to either of these places, as the result could be mold and rot.
Whether you perform the upgrade yourself or hire a professional technician, the ductwork should be directed to exhaust through a wall or all the way through the roof.
Modern Exhaust Fans: Better Than Ever
Adding exhaust ventilation should not add significantly to the cost of your remodel; nor should bathroom exhaust systems cost that much. But do shop for a quieter fan. Fan noise is measured in sones, so look for a lower sone rating. Also, check for efficiency. Look for the Energy Star label to determine how efficient the fan is likely to be.
Bathroom ventilation fans are sized by their capacity for moving air in cubic feet per minute (cfm). Get a fan with an exhaust rate of 1 cfm per square foot or area.
To learn more about bathroom renovations and ventilation, contact Rinaldi’s Energy Solutions. We serve Orlando and the surrounding area.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Orlando, Florida and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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