Steamy bathroom mirrors mean poor ventilation

| by Patrick Nielsen
Steamy bathroom mirrors mean poor ventilation

Do you love those romantic movies where someone writes "I Love You" in the steam on the mirror? As a ventilation engineer I can't help but see that and think, there's a bathroom that doesn't have enough ventilation.

After a long, hot shower, it's no surprise to step out into a steamy bathroom and see a mirror clouded with condensation. But that foggy bathroom mirror is a sign of a bigger issue: poor indoor air quality due to an old or outdated ventilation fan.

Bathroom ventilation fans exhaust steamy air out of the bathroom, reducing the risk of harmful mold and mildew buildup. If a ventilation fan is more than 10 years old or not running properly, the steam creates excess moisture, which is the cause for those foggy bathroom mirrors.

It's easy to tackle the problem with the QuicKit Bath Fan Upgrade Kit from NuTone.

It takes about 10 minutes to update you current bath fans with QuicKit for more powerful and effective ventilation to help eliminate foggy mirrors, odors and excess moisture.

The QuicKit Bath Fan Upgrade Kit includes fan assembly (motor, blower and plate) and an updated grille. Homeowners simply need to snap out the existing motor plate assembly in their current bath fan and snap in the new replacement one in the kit. The sleek, white fan grille allows homeowners to finish their installation with a refreshed bathroom look, all in 10 minutes or less.

Because the QuicKit uses the original fan housing, there's also no need to cut drywall, rewire, change duct work or access the attic. And at 60 CFM and 2.5 sones, the QuicKit upgrade is 45 percent more powerful and 35 percent quieter than existing fans, meaning improved indoor air quality and clear mirrors. Look for it at Home Depot and, and retails for $49.97.

If you need a new bathroom fan, don't be afraid to tackle the job on your own. You'll have to find another way to leave a love note.

Topics: Bathroom, Indoor Air Quality, Ventilation

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