Get Fresh: How to Ventilate Your Bathroom

With all these DIY ventilation tips for the bathroom, you can do a lot to make a comfortable environment for you and your guests.

Adequate ventilation is needed to keep your bathroom looking and smelling clean and fresh, but it can also be a serious issue when it comes to keeping your bathroom hygienic and free of mold.

 

Improving ventilation in your bathroom is also the easiest way to avoid the embarrassment of unsavory odors. Basic bathroom fans are usually not enough to properly ventilate your bathroom as much as you’d probably like. So we’ve compiled a few ventilation tips to help you make the right choice when it comes to choosing and maintaining bathroom fans.

 

Fan Vents

Most modern homes come equipped with bathroom fans that help to exhaust steam from a shower, or ventilate baths from unwanted odors. Over time, these vents may lose their strength, and fail to filter as much air as they were designed to. When this happens, on approach to solve this problem is to inspect and clean the existing vent itself.

 

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Clean Your Fans

Always be sure to hire a professional if you’re not entirely sure you can clean and inspect your fan safely and properly. For your own safety, always turn off the power to the bathroom from the circuit breaker before starting your ventilation improvements. 

 

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Once you shut off the power, you can begin disassembling the external plate. When you get it open, you can use a handheld vacuum or the external hose to your vacuum cleaner to clear away any dust and debris to ensure a dust-free fan. After cleaning the ventilation fan, you can test if the fan blades themselves rotate easily. If the fan blades show any resistance, try applying a lubricant to loosen them up.

 

Buying a New Fan

If your old bathroom fan isn’t up to speed, you might have to invest in a new one. Consult a store employee or check online to make sure you get the proper size and speed for your bathroom. Getting something too small or weak could leave you with the same issue as your old fan. Like all household appliances, you’re encouraged to purchase ENERGY STAR certified products to save the environment and your budget.

 

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Extra Fans

Occasionally, a single bathroom vent isn’t enough to appropriately ventilate the room, so installing a second fan could be the best solution. Short of an entire bathroom remodel, installing an outward fan is usually the easiest and cheapest option. The best choice would be a fan that comes with a switch for blowing air in and out so that you can choose which way the air blows depending on the situation. Window fans are a cheap option, but they are a bit bulky and can be unsightly. If your bathroom doesn’t have a window or it’s too small for a fan, you might need to consider external ventilation options.

 

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Dehumidifiers

Installing a small or medium-sized dehumidifier is another option for reducing steam and odor buildup in your bathroom. One of the only drawbacks to placing a dehumidifier in your bathroom is they’re bulky and you may not have enough space to comfortably fit one.

 

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If you use a dehumidifier that’s small or underpowered, you can place it on a higher shelf to increase its effectiveness. Unfortunately, dehumidifiers do have a water reservoir that fills up fairly often, requiring it to be manually emptied regularly. But it’s worth it to have a clean mildew-free bathroom.

 

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With all these ventilation tips for the bathroom, you can do a lot to make your bathroom a comfortable environment for you and your guests. 

 

Want more bathroom renovation tips? Check out our article, The Best Ways to Light Your Bathroom.