Let Off Some Steam: 3 Tips On Proper Bathroom Ventilation

Did you know that more than a pint of moisture is injected into your home during the average shower? If your bathroom is not properly ventilated, that moisture and its potential mold and mildew can compromise the air quality and structural integrity of your home. Don’t worry, Bizzy B Plumbing & Home Improvement will “B” there for you.

Here are 3 tips on proper bathroom ventilation.

1. Operable Windows Offer Natural Venting:

  • Ventilating your bath can be a esthetically pleasing experience.  Operable windows not only ventilate, but also provide design value, views and natural daylight and help balance the air pressure in your home.
  • You do not have to be an extrovert to use windows into your bath. Simple inside window shutters allow airflow and modesty to work in conjunction. Look for shutters made of composite materials to prevent warping commonly associated with wood and moisture combination.
  • knoxville bathroom operable skylightOperable skylights are another way to introduce natural light, and vent moist air out. If you have a skylight that is out of arm’s reach, consider adding a motorized option to ensure you take full advantage of its function.
  • A door from your bath to the outside can be a big change that also provides lots of fresh air. If your bathroom does not have deck or ground access, you could still have doors with a Juliet balcony (a false balcony utilizing a railing mounted outside the doors with no true walkout).

2. Install Exhaust Fans, Mechanical ventilation is not like it used to be.

  • Call us to be sure your bath fan is sized properly for your bath before you purchase one. If you are unsure, we can pick one out for you and install it. We can also verify that it’s properly vented to the exterior.
  • knoxville bathroom exhaust vent installExhaust fans are essential to properly remove moisture (and the occasional bad smells) from your bath. Look for Energy Star rated exhaust fans, which ensure energy efficient, effective, and quiet operation. Many newer models have motion sensors and or moisture sensors to automate the process for you.
  • Exhaust Fan Timers for your bath exhaust fans should stay on for at least 30 minutes after showers to effectively remove excess moisture from your bathroom. A fan equipped with a timer will ensure the fan remains on as long as needed to exhaust moisture. Most timers have settings for the length of operation to insure removal of leftover moisture.

3. Use a Dehumidifier.

  • Dehumidifiers can remove large amount of excess moisture from the home but can be constant strain. They require frequent emptying and are usually bulky and not esthetically pleasing.  They are however an easy alternative to new installations
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