This post is one in a series on remodeling small bathrooms. To access the lead post, please select the link in the prior sentence.
This post is also part of a short sub-series about the phrases of remodeling projects.
So why is the bathroom exhaust fan defined as a bathroom remodeling phase all unto itself?
Because it’s so important it requires strong emphasis.
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Why is it so important? The purpose of the exhaust fan is to remove moisture. Over time, moisture will rot out your wood framed house out from under you. Standing moisture is to be avoided!!!!
An exhaust fan helps you do that.
I don’t care what other people say about sizing your exhaust fan. Get the most powerful exhaust fan you can reasonably fit into that space. If your bathroom is a standard hall bath of 8 feet by 5 feet by 8 feet, it is 320 cubic feet.
In theory you “only” need a 60 CFM fan as that will suck all the air out the room in a little over 5 minutes.
I say forget that. Will a 230 CFM fan will fit? Great! Now you’ll suck all the air out of that room in 84 seconds.
Will the more powerful fan cost a little more? Yes. Will it use a little more power? Yes.
If you experience wood rot under your tiles or behind your walls in the future are you going to have to spend a fortune tearing the room apart to fix it? Yes.
The incremental expense of the more powerful fan and the extra power over the life of the fan is NOTHING compared to the cost of tearing the room apart due to wood rot from standing moisture.
As Nike says, “just do it”!
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