How to ventilate your bathroom

How to ventilate your bathroom

  • Ellie Stirk

Modern extraction fan

An extraction fan's goal is to expel damp air from the bathroom and push new air to flow in. Extraction fans are often placed into walls and covered by vents to prevent birds and other animals from getting in, but they can also be fitted to window panes.

Many extraction fans operate on a simple method in which you switch on the bathroom light and the fan automatically turns on, regardless of whether you are doing anything to create moisture or not. Other fan types, on the other hand, are more smart and only turn on when moisture levels exceed a certain threshold. These extractor fans are perhaps preferable since they only turn on when you need them and turn off when you don't. Many simple light-switch-dependent systems include fans that operate on a timer and only turn off after a certain period, which might be bothersome if you need to use the restroom in the middle of the night.

Mobile dehumidifies

In some cases, you may not want to go to the trouble of installing a good extractor fan. Installing an extractor fan frequently necessitates removing a portion of wall and having a professional build the fitting, which is definitely out of the question if you live in leased premises.

A portable dehumidifier, on the other hand, might be used as a temporary remedy. A dehumidifier will not function as rapidly as an extractor fan to keep your bathroom mirrors clean during and after a shower, but it will assist to eliminate excess moisture quickly while not in use.

Use your windows

As long as it's not below ten degrees outside, leaving your windows open for a few minutes after you've done can help remove the majority of the moisture from your bathroom. This is good practise because it prevents a coating of moisture from collecting on chilly bathroom surfaces prone to mould formation, such as shower tiles.

Prepare yourself

While ventilation is necessary, it is only useful because it prevents mould and germs from growing. The true goal of the game is to keep mould from growing in the first place.

There are numerous approaches you may take. The most apparent is to clean your bathroom on a regular basis. Regular cleaning removes mould spores and aids in the prevention of mould growth.

If boosting ventilation isn't an option, you may take steps to make your bathroom more mold-resistant. To begin, try opening the blinds. Mold prefers to develop in somewhat dark and damp environments and is harmed by UV radiation from the sun. Bright lights assist to naturally sanitise your bathroom, eliminating the need for chemical cleansers.


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