Bathroom Fans with Heater - Choose the Right One for Your Bathroom

John Mann

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Bathroom fans w/ heater - this is a topic that I know very well after spending over twenty years in the bathroom remodeling industry as an electrical contractor. Bathroom fans w/ heater were units that I specified and installed regularly.

The first thing that you'll want to consider when selecting your bathroom fans w/ heater is the amount of air that is moved by the fan in terms of Cubic Feet per Minute (CFM). The higher the CFM, the more effectively this particular bathroom fans w/ heater will exhaust damp air from your bathroom.

My recommendations?

Go for the most CFM that you can afford. Stay away from the very low end fans in terms of CFM (50 CFM or less). These fans are designed specifically to meet the requirement of many cities that a remodelled bathroom include an exhaust fan. In other words, they are just for show - they don't move enough air to be even remotely effective.

Don't forget to vent the bathroom fans w/ heater to the outside of the house - either through the roof if it's right above the bathroom being remodelled or out through the wall of the bathroom. Failing to vent your new bathroom fans w/ heater properly will cut its performance drastically.

Next is the size of the heater in your bathroom fans w/ heater. You'll want to make certain that the heater is designed for 120 Volt operation. If the bathroom fans w/ heater is designed for 240 Volt operation, you'll need to have special wiring installed by a competent electrician to accommodate it.

You can get a combination light/fan unit much easier than a combination bathroom fans w/ heater. It might be a better decision to choose a light/fan unit with a separate wall mounted heater rather than a bathroom fans w/ heater.

There are a number of sources for bathroom fans w/ heater. Your local electrical supply house should be able to help further guide you in your hunt for bathroom fans w/ heater.


John Mann, “The Electric Mann", has been involved in the residential construction industry for over 25 years. He's worked as an Electrical Contractor and a General Contractor in Residential Remodeling and is an expert on Kitchen and Bathroom Design and Remodeling.

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