When renovating your bathroom, it can sometimes be easy to overlook ventilation in the larger scheme of things. However, good ventilation is key to a good bathroom design. Read on to find out how exhaust fans can be of benefit.
The purpose of an exhaust fan in the bathroom is to vent the moist air to the outside of the home, in order to stop the problems that are caused by a build-up of moisture, such as mould and mildew, and even structural problems such as rotting timbers.
When you choose your exhaust fan, the number one consideration is the size of the bathroom. The larger the bathroom, the larger the fan you will need. You should look for a fan that provides around 10 air changes per hour for the average size bathroom, which is 250 cubic metres per hour. Don't just opt for the fan that is suggested by the builder. Ensure that the fan won't let warm air out, or cold air or odours to re-enter the bathroom.
You also have some options when it comes to style. Nowadays there is much more than just the round plastic grill available. You have a range of shapes and colours to choose from – round, square, covered by a grill or exposed, and finishes including white, chrome or brass. Some exhaust fans look like light fittings, and can include lights and heaters. These combination exhaust fans are perfect for the smaller bathroom where you don't have as much room to play with, but be careful when choosing these as they cannot be fitted above the shower.
Bathroom exhaust fans are becoming more sophisticated as well, with automation being included. One example is bathroom fans that sense the amount of humidity in the air and turn on when they are required. You can also find fans that are programmable – you can program them to remain on for as long as it takes the steam to clear, and they will turn themselves off. For the ultimate in automated exhaust fans, there is now a motion sensor technology that senses when someone enters the bathroom and turns the fan on.
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