When you have a hot shower then leave damp towels in your bathroom to dry out. So, the moisture they add to the air condenses on colder surfaces, encouraging mould and mildew to grow. The simple solution for these problems is to supply an extractor fan.Fitting an extractor fan will control this condensation and prevent damage and mould, which can cause health problems.
1. Do you really need to install bathroom extractor?
The thing is, It’s not a “must to have it”. But, if you don’t have an enough natural ventilation, and you prefer hot showers, and if you need to be without worrying about damage being caused by the steam, it should be definitely on your list. Good option will be some small cost simple fan.
If you don’t wont to integrate a bathroom extractor, then you have some other options to keep condensation at bay: wipe down walls and surfaces to remove excess moisture, keep windows and doors open as much as possible to allow plenty of air to circulate through your home and avoid to leave wet towels on the floor.
2. How to choose the correct position?
You’ll need SELV (Safety Extra Low Voltage), 12V or LV fan with a transformer housed outside the zone. Your fan should be safe for for each ‘zone’. Zones 1 and 2 are in close proximity to the shower or bath. Another option is to supply the one that has an IP45-rated motor.
So, all electrical parts of the fan, should be water resistant at all angles. Installing of the fan should be by a qualified electrician.
3. What you should look out for?
Extractor fan will be active every day, so it’s worth to pay more for a good looking model that’s quiet, too. Usually, fans are connected to the mains, they come on when you turn the bathroom lights on.
If you a worried about noise at night, better option for you will be to supply a fan with a separate pull switch.
4. I have a wet room. Do I need to fit a special extractor fan?
Normally, that humidity is greater in the wet rooms than a regular bathrooms. So, for the wet room, it’s better to go with a humidity-tracking extractor fan. They work continuously or incrementally with automatic extraction depending on how much steam is in the room. With this you will have an optimal electricity usage and your wet room will be always without steam.