Kids sure do say some funny stuff.  We recently heard a story about a three year old walking into the bathroom after her papa had been in there.  Her reaction as she walked in and he walked out was to crinkle up her cute little nose and say, “Papa, it smells like a monkey in here…

To prevent the smell of a “monkey” in your bathroom, you may want to invest in a good vent fan.  In addition to that feature, an appropriate and  quality vent fan can:

  • Remove moisture, preventing the possibility of mold or mildew growth
  • Operate on a timer or utilize a humidity sensor
  • Protect your bathroom from future moisture related issues
  • Include a heat light
  • Keep your mirror and windows from fogging up
  • Improve air circulation, moving the stale air out and bringing the fresh air in
  • When all is said and done, a vent fan improves the quality of the air you are breathing – thus, improving your health over time

Some things to consider when choosing your vent fan:

  • How big is your bathroom? The square footage of your bathroom will determine the size of the fan you should install.  Vent fans are categorized by CFMs or cubic feet of air movement per minute.  The lowest recommended level for a bathroom is 50 CFMs, but you should opt for your CFMs to be the same as or greater than your bathroom’s square footage.  Note that vaulted ceilings require more ventilation and separate water closets require their own venting.
  • How quiet (or loud) do you want your vent fan to be? If the bathroom in question is nearby a living area that us used often, the noise is sometimes a benefit.  A bathroom by a bedroom may require a quieter model.  The noise is measured in “sones” the higher the number, the louder the fan.  Anything under 1 sone is pretty quiet.
  • How fancy do you want to get? Vent fans today have all the bells and whistles you might expect.  There are timers, heat lamps, humidity sensors, and even fans that can be installed in your attic so you never have to hear or see them.

Bottom line – do the research, define what is most important to you, and get the new vent fan you always wanted – preventing future issues and “monkeys” in your bathroom!!  The time and money spent will protect you and your home for years to come.