How to ventilate your bathroom

How to ventilate your bathroom
Bathrooms are notoriously prone to dampness and poor ventilation because they are exposed to higher levels of warm steam, water and heat than other household areas. As a result, build-ups of mildew, bacterial or fungal build-ups, and damage to materials that are vulnerable to water, such as wood, are more likely in bathrooms. Read this easy guide to implement ventilation in your bathroom and limit these heat and moisture-related problems.

Bathroom ventilation fans are one of the best ways to properly ventilate your bathroom. Ventilation fans remove excess moisture, reduce odour and limit the spread of mildew spores. They can also be installed with extra capabilities that make them more energy efficient, less noisy and more effective at removing excess water and heat. Bathroom ventilation fans are now available with motion sensors that activate the fan whenever someone enters the bathroom, which allows excess moisture and heat caused by everyday activities, like shaving or showering, to be immediately removed from the bathroom. 

Alternatively, bathroom ventilation fans can be fitted with humidity sensors, which activate the fan only when humidity reaches a certain threshold. 

An additional benefit of any sensor fitting is that it allows bathroom ventilation fans to be more energy efficient, as they ensure that the fan is in use only when absolutely necessary.

Finally, some of the simplest ways to ventilate your bathroom are free and easy and only take a few changes in habit. Opening bathroom windows while making use of your bathroom can make a big difference when it comes to controlling humidity levels in your bathroom. If your bathroom is windowless, leaving the bathroom door open after bathing or showering to allow excess heat to leave the confined space can also be effective. Opening the doors and, if possible, windows of your bathroom is also important because it allows natural light into the room which restricts the growth of mildew.