Have you ever considered what your bathroom exhaust fan does? Yes, there is the obvious one of removing smells and moisture from bathing, but have you ever considered what exactly that means for your house?
Bathrooms in the typical Gainesville, Florida home have the highest humidity and chemical levels with the least amount of fresh air ventilation. Even if your bathroom is one of the rare ones with operable windows, they are seldom large enough to pull adequate amounts of air out of the room even if you remember to open them regularly.
What Is It Removing?
Pulling out bad air from your bathroom by exhaust fan is so important because it removes:
- Excess humidity which can build up and cause mold, bacterial and viral growth. These growths can not only impact your health but they can also over time destroy parts of your home and cause necessary and costly repairs. On top of that the humid air produced by bathing will make your home less comfortable throughout the year because humidity makes the air feel warmer.
- Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which come from cleaning products, makeup, deodorants, air fresheners and even shower curtains. In a badly ventilated bathroom VOCs can become more concentrated over time. This can have detrimental health effects with prolonged exposure.
- Odors. Enough said about that one.
If your bathroom doesn’t have a fan or it isn’t working, installing a new one is a good idea.
There are a number of factors in getting a new exhaust fan installed. Homeowners should rely on a licensed electrician or HVAC contractor to install these fans because they involve wiring and venting for proper operation. There are also a variety of different sizes available depending on your unique bathroom. If you have high ceilings or an especially large room you will need a larger and more powerful fan. Smaller bathrooms with lower ceilings may not need as much ventilation.
To discuss this issue with a Gainesville, Florida local expert, call Dayton Heating and Air at 352-474-COOL.