Extractor fans serve an important function. We all know the value of fresh air and air flow. The higher the volume of oxygen in the air around us, the more productive we will be and the more energised we feel. Then there are by products of our lifestyle that can build up in the air. Certain rooms have smells that we would rather not have hang around. There is also moisture created from cooking and washing activities which can create condensation on the windows and risks mould or damp in the walls or furnishings. This is not such a problem if there are windows you can open in the offending room, but this is not always the case. Also, in winter months you may not want the window open.
The function of extractor fans is to therefore keep us healthy and comfortable in our homes and to prevent damage building up that may compromise the value or integrity of the building and furnishings.
Considerations For The Installation Of An Extractor Fan
- You have a choice between two types of extractor fan:
- There is the centrifugal fan that is often mounted in the ceiling
- There is the axial fan which is usually fitted in a window or external wall so already there is an important decision to make.
- There is the choice of whether the fan is operated independently by its own switch or if it is to be wired in with the lighting so it comes on automatically with the light and then runs for an allotted amount of time.
- It is even possible to get fans that respond automatically to the level of moisture in the room.
- When installing you need to be sure that you do not accidentally cut into any existing electrical circuits and any modifications to your existing electrical circuits for the fan’s power supply must adhere to the latest IEE wiring regulations.
- It may need RCD protection.
- You need to be mindful of hazard zones within your property.
It is considerations such as those mentioned above that might have you decide to ask a registered electrician to do the work for you as what seems like quite a simple job could actually become quite complicated. You can call me today for any advice and in talking to me you know that I will be coming to do any work that you require following that conversation. I am here to help so won’t bombard you with sales talk but if you’d like me to install your fan I will give you an honest assessment according to your requirements and I will be respectful of your home or business.
C R Lane Electrical
I am qualified with City & Guilds in electrical installations up to the latest edition of the wiring regulations and qualified with them too for inspection, testing and certification of electrical installations for your extra peace of mind. My full list of qualifications can be found on my ‘About’ page.