Shopping for the right exhaust fan for your space can be difficult. It is hard to know exactly what size, power and model is best suited to your bathroom. This is why Martec has launched our handy Exhaust Fan Calculator! Simply input the required information and our calculator can recommend the best Martec product! Today we are going to discuss why you need an exhaust fan and how to use the calculator!
Why Do You Need Ventilation?
It is important to keep the air in your home moving to prevent indoor air pollution. Indoor air pollution leads to a wide range of health issues, including stroke and lung cancer. Indoor pollution is caused by bacteria and mould, caused by hot humid air, as well as:
- Carpet fumes from new carpets
- Chemical carpet cleaning products
- Toxins from some non-stick pots and pans
- Glue, markers and paints from crafting and hobby kits
- Household cleaners and disinfectants
- Dry cleaning chemicals
- Second-hand smoke
- Gas stoves
- Soot and smoke from fireplaces
- Air conditioners
- Home office equipment
- And more…
That’s a pretty scary list. Which is why ventilation in your home, especially in bathrooms and laundries where a large number of chemicals are used, is so important.
Indoor pollution can cause you to feel fatigued, give you cold-like symptoms, and even asthma-like symptoms. These are all signs of bad air quality in the home. And long-term exposure can cause more serious issues, including heart problems, chronic respiratory illnesses, and even cancer.
Why Good Home Exhaust Fans Helps
Ventilation, in the form of home exhaust fans, helps with the issue of indoor pollution. While even just opening a window can make a difference by bringing in fresh air and letting bad air out, an exhaust fan helps speed up the process. Which is important in winter when you don’t want to be exposed to cold air for too long!
How Does an Exhaust Fan Work?
When you take a bath or shower, hot humid air fills the space. The same happens when you use a clothes dryer. Not only does this condensation make it dangerous for you to walk around on tiled flooring, it causes the growth of mould and mildew. Mould and mildew can cause health issues, including respiratory illnesses. Further, the constant heat and humidity continues to feed the mould and mildew, causing damage to your fixtures, paint work, glass and, if left unchecked long enough, your walls and framing.
The best way to combat this hot, humid air is to use proper ventilation. An exhaust fan, like those from Martec, is the best way to fight against hot, humid and unhealthy air. These are best positioned in rooms that are most prone to air pollution, such as laundry rooms and bathrooms. Exhaust fans draw out hot, humid and unhealthy air from a space to prevent damage to the room and the build up of condensation. This forces the air to move and circulate.
Proper ventilation, like that provided by Martec 3-in-1 exhaust fans, help protect your home as well as your health.
How Big an Exhaust Fan Do I Need?
Deciding the right sized exhaust fan for your room can be difficult. This is why Martec has developed the Exhaust Fan Calculator. This helps you find the right Martec exhaust for your needs. By entering the right measurements into the calculator, it will give you a general suggested capacity range in cubic metres per hour to help you narrow down your fan options. So what do you need for the calculator?
A bathroom fans needs to move air efficiently as it is sucking out a large quantity of humidity. So knowing the size of your room is important, as well as the kind of room your want the exhaust fan in.
On the calculator, first choose the type of room. Next, you need to measure the space you want the exhaust fan in. Input your measurements into the calculator. This will trigger the calculator to provide airflow and room size measurements. The calculator will then also suggest a range of Martec products that will suit your space. These will also include 3-in- exhaust fans that are ideal for bathroom spaces. 3-in-1 bathroom exhaust fans include lighting and heating, to make a bathroom an enjoyable, relaxing space.
It is important to note that our calculator is a guide, only. It does not constitute specific advice from the team at Martec. These suggestions are provided on a basis of theoretical capacity for the given room, based on your supplied measurements. You should always check your local building codes and requirements before having a new exhaust fan is installed.