Today’s bathroom is undergoing a major alteration. Innovations have added new possibilities for a more efficient and stylish bathroom. These paves the way to a bathroom that is not only beautiful but also functional. Some of these include bathroom ventilation.
A well-ventilated bathroom helps to maintain a good quality of air and prevents mold growth. Natural ventilation is still the best. However, not all bathrooms have windows. The items below will help you ensure proper ventilation for your bathroom.
Install energy star rated exhaust fans to draw humid air out of the bathroom. The fan should move at least one cubic foot of air every minute per one square foot of the space. Try to invest in an exhaust fan that has an occupancy sensor, timer or humidistat to help save energy when the room is not in use.
Ensure that your bathroom pipes are insulated, most specifically around the elbow or the ninety degree bend. Pipe insulations are affordable and anyone capable can install it. Consider a tankless water heater. While they cost more, you will be able to save more energy in the end.
Try using recycled glass tiles instead of ceramic. Ceramics are not very environment friendly. Glass tiles are not just eco-friendly but also look very stylish. Choose a simple and low-maintenance concrete floor over the tile’s dirt-trapping grout lines.
Install bath fans such as the ones that can be installed on the ceiling that helps remove mildew from the bath air through the outer pipe. You can also opt for remote fans installed normally in the basement or wherever it is more convenient. It helps utilize ducts and is capable of doing the same for many bathrooms in one setting.
If you do not have exhaust fans, try to open a window in your bathroom. Opening just a crack each time you take a shower or bath helps in circulating the air and eliminating unpleasant smells and moisture.
Practice leaving the shower curtain or the door open after you use the bathroom. This will help increase the circulation of needed air for the room.
Install a four-inch vent to exhaust your fan to the outdoors. The vent should go through the exterior wall outside. You may also install the same size of vent through the attic to the roof and outdoors.
Ensure that the fans in the bathroom are located near the toilet or shower for proper ventilation and they should be away from fresh air needed to ventilate the bathroom. If necessary, create a little more space underneath the bathroom door to let fresh air in and for the exhaust fans to enter the room.
Let your exhaust fans run at least twenty minutes for proper ventilation after using the bath or shower. Set the timer so it will automatically go off.
Remember that wiring your fans and exhaust fans in the bathroom is not as hard as it appears. However, if you are not sure if you can do it yourself, consider hiring a professional and licensed electrician to do the job. This way, you will be assured of the safety and proper installation of the unit.
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