Bathroom Extractor Fans
We believe that bathroom extractor fans are one of the essential items that every bathroom, kitchen and cloakroom should have. The modern extractor fan will not only quickly remove any unpleasant smells, particularly in a small cloakroom area, but it has a far more important role in keeping our bathrooms, kitchens and shower areas free from steamed up windows and vitally fungal growth to walls and window frames.
We offer a wide range of bathroom extractor fans, all of which are illustrated on our website. These include a range of wall fans, window fans and low energy fans. We also illustrate a ceiling fan which has a low voltage light incorporated, removes a high volume of moist air extremely quietly, ideal for use in shower cubicles. For a kitchen which is in constant use, Vectaire has a continually running extractor fan which is cheap to use, it is powered by a low energy motor which runs continually and quietly in the background keeping your bathroom, kitchen or wetroom free from steam and the build-up of damp. It can also be fitted with a humidity sensor that will ensure that should a build up of moisture occur, it switches on automatically. Browse through the bathroom extractor fans at our website and should you require any assistance in choosing one that is right for your particular circumstances, we will be only too pleased to help and advise you.
Extractor fans buyers' guide
Choosing an extractor fan is an important job and one you want to be sure you get right. The humble extractor fan does not always get much attention, but it carries out a valuable role within your building. Extractors are typically used in rooms that collect steam, fumes and bad smells - they remove the air and replace it with clean, pure air that is safe and pleasant. If you do not already have extractor fans fitted or if you are looking to upgrade an existing fan, UK Bathrooms can help you make the right choice. This guide looks at the areas you should consider and helps you make an informed choice.
Do you need an extractor fan?
You might be wondering if an extractor fan is really necessary. Many people think of their bathroom's extractor fan as a way to get rid of bad smells, while their kitchen fan is only there in case it gets a little smoky after cooking. However, the fans do much more than just making rooms more pleasant to be in. They suck up all the unwanted particles within the air, and replace it with fresh, clean air that is far better for you - and your home. In the bathroom at least, an extractor fan is essential.
Smoke, steam and other fumes that build up in rooms will contain water, bacteria, chemicals, dirt and more from around your home. These can build up over time. Water in particular is dangerous for buildings, and it is best to remove excess water from the air whenever possible. Damp causes long term structural damage, and it can also pose health risks. Bathrooms are very susceptible to the effects of damp, such as mould growth. In order to prevent problems with excess water, or to stop other household fumes and agents being breathed in, you should consider fitting an extractor fan.
Extractors are very useful for:
- Wet rooms
Some homes also like to have extractor fans fitted in the bedrooms. If air quality is a problem in your home, or if a household member suffers allergies and breathing issues, having a fan circulating clean air can make a big difference. See below for details of silent wall and ceiling fans, which can reduce noise in sleeping spaces.
Cost benefits of a good extractor fan
In order to work, extractor fans need to be connected to mains electricity. This means they do use some of your home's energy. However, most extractor fans are designed to come on only when a certain appliance or fitting is also on. For example, many bathroom fans are connected to the light fitting, and turn on when the cord is pulled. Often they have a delay timer, so they work for a little while after the light is turned off again. Others work using sensor technology, activating when a person enters the room and turning off when they leave. Today's wall units can even be activated remotely through IoT technology, smart phone apps and more - allowing integration with smart homes.
In the case of window-mounted units, many use little to no power and instead rely on clever ducting and vents to suck out old air and allow in fresh air. They also allow heat to escape from the home - and this can push up energy bills. Modern electric units do offer more functionality than simple vents, but they require more energy to do their job. If you prefer the electric fans, there are plenty of designs that try to keep energy costs down by reducing energy requirements. Overall, they could save you money on heating as you leave windows open less often and have less heat escape through old, impractical vents.
Positioning your extractor fan
There are different types of extractor fan to suit buildings of all kinds. The most simple kind is the window fan, which replaces a single small pane or fits within the glass, depending on your choice. The window fan provides additional air filtering and purification, and is far more effective than simply opening a window. It is also useful when leaving a window open would not be practical, such as in cold weather or in homes with pets and children. The high quality Vectaire window kit is a budget-friendly choice that should comfortably fit most windows.
Wall units are a little more complicated to install, and will almost certainly require a professional's help unless you have trade skills yourself. However, they provide better extraction and heat is less likely to escape through them. Wall units are also a must in rooms where window access is impossible, such as central kitchens and enclosed washrooms. They take air from the room and carry it away through ducts in the wall, allowing fresh, clean air to refill the room in its place. The AS Plus Slimline Axial Extractor Fan is one such product that suits home bathrooms well - it fits neatly to the wall without obstruction, and has a smooth, simple front panel that doesn't intrude on the room's design.
Reducing extractor fan noise
Most extractor fans create a level of noise as they operate. In most situations, this won't be a problem. Kitchens are typically noisy places anyway, and bathroom extractors tend to do their job after you have left the room. Many people do not mind the noise - but some may prefer a silent unit. If the bathroom is next to a bedroom for example, a noisy fan could be a problem. Extractor manufacturer Zehnder specialises in high quality silent fans that fit to the wall or the ceiling as preferred. The technology allows the fans to turn quietly while still removing and filtering air effectively. If you can afford the extra investment, you will really appreciate the peace and quiet this great product range delivers.
Style and design considerations
Just because an extractor fan is a functional item, you don't need to compromise on style. Your home is your castle and you want it to look fantastic. The thought of a bulky extractor fan on your wall may fill you with dread, but there are many designs and styles to choose from. The Zehnder range includes sleek stainless steel finishes for ceiling and wall fans, while Vectaire have a line of wall units in cool brushed steel. You can also find classic white plastic and vinyl panels - easy to clean and ideal for most bathrooms and kitchens. When it comes to selecting a design for your extractor fan, you will need to look at the existing design and the placement you want. Discuss with your builder or architect: some types may not be suited to your room. If you have a small room, you may prefer a fan that sits flush against the wall or ceiling. In a larger room, a quirky panel design like the Bisque Serenity Extractor Fan can add a very stylish and elegant touch.
Maintaining extractor fans: spare parts and accessories
Flexible ducting and mounting rings, and wall and window vent kits, can be very helpful if you are undertaking DIY fitting or if you need to make repairs. Often it is just one part that needs replacing or updating when a problem strikes, rather than the whole ventilation duct system. Vectaire specialises in high quality extractor parts, available at great low prices through UK Bathrooms. Save on parts and keep your extractor running like a dream, year after year. Those in the HVAC trade will also find these spares to be exceptional value. Find great deals on premium branded spares and fan systems with our ongoing sale, and make savings on your extractor fan installation.
Extractor fans can cost as little as a few pounds, right up to the thousands. The more you spend, the better your overall investment. If you can pay a little more, you can be far more picky about the type of material, the design of the ventilation system and the features it brings. Many modern extractors have additional features, such as built-in dehumidifiers and timer controls. Even a simple and inexpensive extractor will make a noticeable difference to a room, so you can have great ventilation on any budget. However, you may get more for your money overall when you install a high-end system. As well as delivering better performance and cost benefits, a good extractor can boost your property's value when you sell up.
Recapping those points to consider:
- How much space does your unit require?
- Will it attach to the wall, ceiling or window?
- How much are you able to spend?
- Do you have a design or style in mind?
- Is noise an important factor for you?
- Are you fitting the extractor yourself?
You may find that those questions have already led you to a decision. If you are still unsure or need any further details, you can call us for help today. We aim to make buying home fixtures and fittings easy and straightforward, and we have an extensive range of stock from premium manufacturers so you have a huge selection to choose from. Browse our product ranges and find everything you need for home and commercial bathroom improvement with UK Bathrooms.