How to Properly Ventilate the Bathroom

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Regardless of the season outdoors it’s a good idea to ventilate your bathroom from time to time if not on a daily basis. Bathrooms can contain a lot of moisture and bacteria, which can be reduced by properly ventilating your bathroom. Keeping your bathroom mold-free can be as simple as keeping your bathroom ventilated allowing stale & humid air to escape. Here are some tips on how to properly ventilate your bathroom.

The easiest thing you can do is open a window while you are bathing or showering. Try just cracking the window open during cold weather seasons or after you shower if it’s too cold. This will allow steamy air to escape and reduce moisture in your bathroom.

If you don’t have a window in the bathroom try leaving the bathroom door open while you shower and afterwards. If you live in a dry climate the escaping moisture from the bathroom can help humidify the rest of your home, which can be beneficial. If you live in a damp climate, try showering with the bathroom door open and open a window near your bathroom.

If your bathroom gets really steamy and humid and you have both a window and a ventilation fan in your bathroom, open the window and turn the fan on. Together this will create a vacuum, which sucks the steamy air out of your bathroom a lot faster than just having the fan on or just having the window open.

Another option is to lower the temperature in your bathroom. Lower your thermostat to at least 70 degrees or lower before taking a shower. The cooler air in the bathroom will balance out the steamy air created while you bathe or shower and reduce the amount of moisture in the air.

If your bathroom doesn’t have a ventilation fan built into it you should think of installing one. There are several options for equipping a bathroom with a ventilation fan. The first thing you can try is getting a simple cooling fan and point it facing out of your bathroom door. This method collects the steamy air and dissipates it out of your bathroom into your home. The next option is getting a window mounted ventilation fan that sucks the steamy air out of the window. Doing so keeps the moisture out of your home all together and is generally a warmer option than opening the window. Finally, you can get a ventilation fan professionally installed or try installing one yourself. Most ventilation fans can be installed to release the steamy air up into your attic or to the outside of your home.

A steamy non-ventilated bathroom can be bad for your health and bad for your home. Excess moisture can result in mold build-up, which may not always be visible. Try taking some of these easy steps to properly ventilate your bathroom and eliminate any future problems.