Bathrooms have been a critical feature in homes since indoor plumbing became commonplace in the 1940s. Half baths contain a toilet and vanity, while full baths have a sink, toilet, bathtub, and shower. Some bathrooms only have a shower or bathtub, and master bathrooms may have two sinks.
In addition to the plumbing features, bathrooms have electrical outlets and supply and return vents connecting to your home’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system. Let’s look at why your HVAC system is essential in your bathroom and throughout your home and other ways to ensure your bathroom functions effectively.
What does your HVAC system do, and why is it essential in your bathroom?
HVAC systems distribute air throughout buildings. The furnace heats the air, and hot air is distributed throughout your home, ensuring your house stays at a safe, comfortable temperature. The air cools rapidly if your furnace breaks down, which can create health risks and cause pipes to freeze.
Your air conditioner (AC) extracts heat from the air in the summer months. Cool air is sent throughout your home, preventing overheating. Heatwaves claim hundreds to thousands of lives each year, but a functional AC unit can prevent heat-related illnesses and deaths.
Your ventilation system handles air exchange throughout your home. It distributes the warm or cool air, extracts moisture from the air, and removes it from your home. Ventilators also remove odors, airborne bacteria, and toxins from your home’s air.
Your HVAC system ensures your bathroom is warm during the winter and cool during the summer so you won’t overheat or freeze while using it. Your ventilation system extracts unpleasant odors from your bathroom and removes moisture from the air. Since moisture buildup in bathrooms causes mold growth, which compromises air quality and can cause thousands in structural damage if it spreads behind your walls, your HVAC system plays a crucial role in maintaining your bathroom’s air quality and temperature.
Have your local HVAC company send technicians to perform HVAC maintenance every spring and fall to ensure your HVAC system functions effectively. HVAC technicians replace air filters, clean ducts, clean your HVAC unit, and repair or replace worn parts. Contacting AC Texas LLC and scheduling maintenance can prevent breakdowns when you need your HVAC system the most, saving you money in the long run by preventing costly repairs. Maintenance services also extend the life of your HVAC system.
How can you ensure your bathroom functions effectively?
In addition to good indoor air quality, your bathroom needs multiple features to function. Expert bathroom installers can handle a bathroom remodel or replace plumbing fixtures, such as bathtubs, showers, toilets, and sinks. Invest in a bath installation and replace your old tub to give your bathroom a new look. You can also opt for a tub-to-shower conversion if you’d prefer to have a shower in your bathroom. If you opt for a bathroom remodel, your bathroom installation experts will have you work with an experienced designer to create a design plan suited to your needs.
Bathrooms send over 230,000 people to emergency rooms each year. The combination of wet surfaces and hard fixtures contributes to the safety hazards, but investing in a bathroom remodel can reduce the risks. For example, installing a walk-in tub or a shower eliminates the need to step in and out of the tub, which can disrupt your balance and cause you to fall. Installing grab bars increases safety when sitting or stepping into a tub because you can support yourself and prevent falls. You can also install nonslip flooring and use materials with Microban antimicrobial protection to prevent bacteria and mold from growing on surfaces.
Your HVAC system is an essential household system, and a good HVAC unit is crucial for your bathroom. You’ll also promote your comfort and safety in the bathroom by updating fixtures and installing safety features, such as walk-in showers and nonslip flooring.