The previous owner of my house had C/A installed 2 years ago but
didn't put it into the bathrooms (2 fulls and half bath).
I'm now considering adding it to the bathrooms. I called the company
that installed the system. The guy said that C/A vents in a bathroom
are not a good idea b/c
1) you'll freeze when you're wet, coming out of the shower
2) in the winter when the system is off, the moisture will rise up into
the ducts and possibly create a mold problem, unless I'm super careful
to close the vents.
3) He recommended to instead install exhaust fans to suck the moisture out
after a shower. He said it'll put some of the C/A out if the door is open
but he still feels it's better.
Any ideas? Does this make sense?
Also, if I do install exhaust fans, do they need to vent outside? I thought
I once read or heard that there are fans than can exhaust right into the attic.
I have a crawlspace attic that currently houses the blower and the ducts.
I may use for storage one day but don't currently.
I just vented two bathrooms to the roof. It's not that hard, although it
is time consuming (and brutally hot at this time of the year).
Personally, even if code says that you can vent to the attic, I wouldn't
do it. I replaced fans that were not only vented into the attic but
vented into insulation. The insulation was black with mold. You want the
Simply the guy is a hack. Find a real A/C contractor.
I live in Arizona and we have vents and exhausts in the bathrooms. I have
stayed in lots of hotels in CA and there are vents in the bathrooms. I use
the exhaust during showers, not baths. Do these bathrooms have windows?
Adding vents to the bathrooms may create other problems. First is the unit
big enough to add in the extra sq ft? Is there enough air flow to add the
extra sq ft? Is the old duct work in an configuration as to add in the new
How is your home heated? Through the same duct work as the a/c? Some how if
there was that much moisture in your home you would be having more problems
than mold just in the bathrooms.
Just my opinion, take it for what you paid for it.
We have two houses with central AC and in both cases, there are AC vents in the
ceilings of the all the full baths but not the half baths which are very small
rooms. I've never noticed any problems with mold or being too cold coming out
of the shower. If the baths are large enough rooms, I'd want a vent in there.
No, none of it.
First you do want to have an exhaust in the bath. It's required in most
areas. You do want to get rid of the moist air after a shower, but be sure
it is vented outside you home, not into the attic or some such shortcut.
You do want an A/C vent to your bath. I have them even to the half
baths. You don't freeze. You want good circulation in the bath to prevent
Find a new tech who knows what he is doing. The one you have is
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On one hand, I have centtral heat and air with supply & return in each
It has worked fine for the last 25 years.
I run either heat or air almost every day of the year, because the
climate is humid.
On the other hand, I have seen control temperature and humidity in
baths with exhaust fans.
The fans run constantly.
There are fans ment to be mounted remote from the bath, which should
I would never vent into the attic.
If one vents an attic, it is to remove heat and moisture, so dumping
moisture into one is, uh, conterproductive.
First off, exhaust fans should ALWAYS be vented to the outside. Venting
to the attic space can add unwanted moisture to the space and cause
problems with insulation, not to mention possibly supporting bacterial
and mold growth.
As to the C/A, I've lived in various homes with C/A since 1956 and in
every single case the bathrooms were provided with their own a/c vents.
There was NEVER a problem of any kind. If your preference is for a
somewhat warmer bathroom, you can always cut down on the vent dampers or
direct the airflow away from hitting you directly.
My dad was an HVAC engineer, and I'm sure he would have thought the
suggestion and reasoning of the company who installed your system
BTW, though I currently live in hellishly hot Phoenix, other homes I have
lived in were in Cleveland, Memphis, and St. Louis. The climate doesn't
really make a difference.
Wayne in Phoenix
If there's a nit to pick, some nitwit will pick it.
I don't know where you are but here in Florida we highly recommend grilles
in the bath areas. They can help in keeping the moisture levels down. Those
that didn't install outlets later had wished they had. My thoughts are many
as to why they didn't do it and up toward the top is it is cheaper NOT to
install them forgetting your comfort.
Now the problem will lie in where the bathroom ducts are to be run from. You
have to go where the volume of air will also be for bathrooms and not rob
from other grilles. Also if though most bath areas don't have large BTU
loads the house was calculated taking bath areas into account.
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