Bathroom fans are a significant part of your Vancouver home’s ventilation system. They remove odours from your house improving indoor air quality. They also remove moisture, which reduces the level of humidity in your house. High humidity can harm building materials and can cause mold growth. Mold can affect your family’s health.
How Do I Choose the Best System in Vancouver?
Choose the noiseless, most energy efficient bathroom fan in the size range required. Most fan labels have Home Ventilating Institute (HVI) ratings so you can examine noise and energy efficiency. Look for one with replaceable parts and permanent lubrication. A bathroom fan suitable for uninterrupted use is preferable
Large bathrooms, or those with bigger fixtures, such as spas, need larger fans. Place the bathroom fan as near as possible to the source of moisture or odour.
Some bathroom fans have lights or heating lamps. If you choose a fan with integrated lights, look for energy-efficiency. Any fan installed in an insulated ceiling — for example, if the attic is above the bathroom ceiling — must not leak out air and must be rated for use under insulation.
Make sure that exhaust fans, lights and heaters in bath or shower enclosures are rated and approved for wet conditions. More recent units approved for wet conditions may include ground fault protection.
Select the quietest fan in the size you need. Look for fans labelled “low noise” or “quiet,” and check for the HVI rating.