You probably don’t give much thought to that exhaust fan in the bathroom or kitchen. However, those fans offer a good opportunity to reduce energy consumption, which in turn increases the amount of money you save. The next time you flip on the exhaust fan switch, keep these tips in mind:
- Make it a good fit – Your HVAC system and indoor air quality can be compromised by a fan that is too big. With the correct fan size, your home won’t be too dry in the winter or too humid in the summer, conditions that can increase heating and cooling costs.
- Turn it off – Exhaust fans are needed for very specific purposes. Once they have done the job, turn them off. You save the energy used to operate the fan and the energy needed for your HVAC system to re-condition the air inside your home.
- Keep it up to date – If you have an old fan, replace it with an ENERGY STAR® certified model. Get one with a timer switch so you can turn the fan on and off automatically depending on the level of moisture in the air.
- Get the right airflow – Airflow capacity for bathroom exhaust fans is measured in cubic feet per minute (cfm). Your fan should have one cfm for every square foot of floor space.