Bathroom Fan Combos? Here’s What’s Available.

Bathroom fan combosBathroom fan combos offer three bathroom improvements in a single unit: powered exhaust ventilation, overhead lighting and comfortable heating. While the bathroom’s certainly a practical and vital room in any house, it’s not always the most comfortable or accommodating environment. Air quality is affected by high humidity and odors, and the tile-surfaced room often feels chilly. Lighting may be less than adequate for personal grooming too. Here’s how bathroom fan combos integrate multiple solutions into just one installation.

  • Clearing the air. To remove water vapor and odors rapidly, the unit’s built-in exhaust fan removes moist air through a dedicated duct. This not only clears a misty bathroom effectively, it rapidly dries surfaces to prevent side effects of excess moisture such as mildew and mold.
  • Lighting up the room. Overhead lighting options in these units vary, typically ranging from a 100-watt incandescent bulb to fluorescent lighting to an LED array, which provides longer life and uses less electricity. Most units also include a low-voltage night light that consumes 5 to 7 watts.
  • Heat from above. The electric heating element in bathroom fan combos provides heat ranging from 1,000 to 1,500 watts in a unit for a typical residential bathroom.

Special Considerations

  • The fan unit should be sized to move air at a rate of at least 1 cubic foot per minute per square foot of room space.
  • The fan must exhaust through a dedicated duct routed to the exterior of the house. Exhausting wet bathroom air into the attic damages structure and insulation, as well as triggering mold growth.
  • A timer wall switch is typically included to activate and automatically shut off the unit, ensuring that the fan runs long enough to thoroughly ventilate the bathroom after use.
  • A bathroom combo unit should be installed only by a qualified HVAC technician or electrician. For safe operation in the moist environment, the unit will typically have its own circuit that also includes GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) protection.

For nearly 98 years now, Paitson Bros. has provided Wabash Valley communities with improved quality of life and conveniences like bathroom fan combos. Contact us for more information.

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