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Post Lock-down Ventilation

Post Lock-down Ventilation

We are currently experiencing high volumes of orders, this along with some extended lead times from manufacturers due to COVID-19 and Brexit may affect the delivery time of your order.

We ask that you bear with us during this challenging time, we will ship your order to you as soon as is possible.

We aim to contact customers as quickly as possible regarding any delays passed on to us from manufacturers.

Were we can, we will part ship orders or offer alternative products to minimise delays.

Extractor Fan FAQs

Please have a look at the FAQs below and if your question is not here, please email us using the form at the bottom of the page.

Bathroom Fans

1. What Bathroom Fan do I need?

Best option: Inline ceiling fan
• Placed above your bathroom in the ceiling void if installation allows
• Can duct from anywhere on the ceiling including directly above the shower unit
• No electrics in the bathroom as fan housed in ceiling void
• Discreet ceiling grille for aesthetic installation
• We recommend the Turbo Tube Pro range

Second best option: Wall mounted fan

• Ducts straight to the outside through an external wall.
• Can be ceiling mounted but can only duct up to 5m in a straight line.
• We recommend the Silent Tornado range which can be placed in any bathroom zone

• Basic model - can be installed to turn on and off with your light switch
• Timer model - continues to run for a pre-set amount of time after light is switched off
• Humidistat model - automatically switches on and off dependent on the humidity in the room

2. What else do I need to install my fan?
Inline extractor fan through the ceiling
Fan Install Watch our guide to installing a ceiling mounted inline fan video here

Extractor fan through the wall
 Fan Install

Watch our guide to installing a wall mounted inline fan video here

3. Replacing a fan?
Any 4" fan will replace another 4" fan in terms of size, however some fans have secondary functions which may require additional wiring, so you must replace exactly if you wish to use the existing wiring.

If Your Existing Fan...

1. Turns off with the lights or remote switch immediately - Then you have a ‘Basic’ fan. Replace with the Tornado ST100B
2. Continues running for a certain period after switching it off - Then you have a ‘Timer’ fan. Replace with the Tornado ST100T
3. Turns on when there is steam in the room - Then you have a ‘Humidistat’ fan. Replace with the Tornado ST100HT
4. Turns on when you enter the room - Then you have a ‘PIR (occupancy sensor)’ fan. Replace with the Tornado ST100PIR
4. What is the best extractor fan for bathroom?
The 3 best extractor fans for bathroom: 
Turbo Tube TTPRO100T
Silent Tornado ST100T
Silavent Mayfair May202B
5. Do I need a bathroom extractor fan?
Yes, extractor fans minimise mould and damp occurring from humid air and remove bathroom odours.
6. How much does it cost to put an extractor fan in a bathroom?
It will cost between £50 - £100 for a morning's work by an Electrician, on average £50 for a fan and £10 for accessories.
A total of between £110 and £160 +VAT

7. What is the difference between bathroom and kitchen extractor fans?
Building regulations require bathroom fans to have an extraction rate of at least 15L/s and kitchen fans to have an extraction rate of at least 60L/s.

8. Do you need an electrician to fit a bathroom extractor fan?
You need a qualified electrician to install any electrical items including extractor fans, particularly in a bathroom.

Kitchen Fans

1. What kitchen fan do I need?

Kitchens require a 6"/150mm fan in order to meet building regulations.

2. What is the best kitchen extractor fan?
The 3 best extractor fans for kitchen:
Vent Axia Silhouette 150X 6 Inch Kitchen Extractor Fan
Vent Axia VA140KP 6 Inch Kitchen Extractor Fan
Vent Axia 431613B Centrif Duo Plus Centrifugal Kitchen Extractor Fan
3. Do kitchen extractor fans need to vent outside?
Yes as a kitchen extractor fan will remove the air from the room rather than filter it.
4. Where do you put an extractor fan in a kitchen?
Close to the cooker as this will generate the most steam and not draw it across the kitchen

5. What is the quietest kitchen extractor fan?
Vent Axia VA140KP 6 Inch Kitchen Extractor Fan with Pull Cord

6. Are kitchen extractor fans a legal requirement?
Building regulations state that all kitchens in new builds must have air extracted outside at a rate of 60 l/s

Inline Fans

1. What is inline extractor fan?
Inline Extractor fans are mounted in a loft space or ceiling void within the ducting run

2. Which are the best inline bathroom extractor fans?
Turbo Tube Pro 100 4 Inch Inline Fan
Envirovent SILMV250/100mm Ultra Quiet Inline Fan
Manrose CFD200 Inline Extractor Fan

3. What is the quietest inline fan?
Envirovent SILMV250/100mm Ultra Quiet Inline Fan at 24db

4. Are inline fans better?
Yes as they are fitted outside of the bathroom they are quieter and can have a bigger more powerful motor

5. How do I know what size extractor fan I need?
Bathrooms will require a 4inch fan and kitchens a 6 inch fan

6. I have purchased an inline backdraft shutter - should it be installed so the shutter opens vertically or horizontally?
The shutter should be positioned horizontally in the ducting so that when the fan is off the shutter closes due to gravity. It also needs to be placed as close as possible to the exhaust end of the fan so that the expelled air is able to force the shutter open.

7. Shower light grilles for inline fans verses integrated fans with shower lights?
Integrated fans with showerlights allow you to install a unit with minimal wiring as the light and fan are already internally wired. However, the fan units are smaller and therefore less powerful, equating to lesser extraction performance and shorter ducting runs.

In contrast, adding a shower light grille to an inline fan retains all the extraction power and ducting distance associated with inline fans. Installation requires the light grille to be wired independantly of the fan but will still be triggered at the same time as the fan. This has the added bonus of allowing you to replace or upgrade either part independantly rather than needing to replace the whole installation.

Installation Enquiries

1. I have a 12v fan – can I replace it with a 240v fan?
Yes you can, but you must have the old step-down transformer removed from the circuit.

It is worth noting also, that if you are replacing a 12v fan with another 12v fan it is advised that you replace the old transformer with the one that comes with the newly supplied fan.

2. I am planning to vent my fan vertically through my roof, what will I need?
• Solid ducting from the fan unit (length required)
• Solid duct connectors (no. required)
• Vertical roof kit for either a flat or angled roof
• Condensation trap

You can find all of these accessories here

3. I need a fan with a short spigot!
Occasionally installations like to throw challenges at you, such as having a thin wall to duct out of that will leave most standard fans poking through the other side when mounted.
Don't worry – here are some options that either have a spigot shorter than 100mm or can be easily adapted to fit thinner walls.

For bathroom (4”/100mm)
Airflow QT100 range - 50mm spigot when rear back draft shutter removed
Vent Axia Svara
For kitchen (6”/150mm)
Vent Axia VA140 range

4. Can I install my new fan myself?
Whether you are installing a new fan or replacing an old unit we always advise you use a fully qualified professional electrician registered to one the UK's five trade bodies:

Warranties for all electrical items will be invalidated and we cannot accept the return of any item deemed faulty unless it has been installed by a fully qualified professional electrician.

We cannot process any refund or replacement for a faulty item without this information.

5. I can't see the backdraft shutter on my fan?
Many fans use a light weight clear plastic membrane as an effective internal backdraft shutter. This will be blown open when the fan is switched on and shut if a draft should enter from outside when the fan is off.

Please note: when unpackaging your unit, please do not remove this part as it is integral to the function of the unit and is not packaging.

6. My Humidistat fan is over-running or randomly switching on.
Humidistat fans will automatically turn on when they detect a rise in moisture content in the room. This can happen when the temperature falls as humidity will rise. This means in colder months or overnight these fans can switch on automatically to protect your room from damp. It is also important to note that when a humidistat fan unit is first installed it can run continuously for a few days as it settles into the new environment.

7. My Ceiling-mounted fan is dripping/collecting water!
It is important when installing your fan that you are aware of any vertical runs of ducting as this can lead to condensation running back into the fan unit. This can be easily combatted with two methods: You can minimise any duct runs that are not horizontal and have the ducting run at a downwards angle towards the external extraction point away from the fan unit, or you can fit a condensation trap at the bottom of a vertical run to collect and disperse any condensate.

Condensation happens when the warm humid air comes into contact with a cold surface or atmosphere. It is important to note that if your bathroom is cold, you are still likely to get some condensation.

8. I think my fan has developed a fault
Regrettably, we cannot diagnose potential faults over the phone. If you are certain that the electrical circuit is sound and that the fan was installed by a fully qualified electrician we kindly ask that you first contact the manufacturer’s technical department directly, (all manufacturer numbers appear below), who will talk you through some common issues

If the manufacturer confirms that you do indeed have a faulty unit we will exchange or refund the item immediately.
Please follow our returns procedure here stating a very brief description of the fault and the name of the technician who confirmed it.

If your humidistat fan is mis-behaving: this can happen during sudden changes in weather and after it is first installed while it settles into its new environment. The unit should return to normal operation presently.

Airflow – 01494 525 252
Envirovent - 01423 810 810
Manrose – 01753 691 399
National Ventilation – 01823 690 290
Silavent/Domus – 03443 715523
Vent Axia – 08448 560 590

Sales, Order and Account Enquiries

1. How do I return an item?
Please follow this link to the returns section

2. Is the item I want in stock?
Availability is stated under the ‘Add To Basket Button’

3. How long is the warranty on my fan?
Please see the list below for warranty lengths:

Airflow – 3 years (Except the Loovent ECO, ECO SELV & ECO DMEV units which have a 5 year warranty)
Envirovent – 5 years (Except Eco dMEV and ESAVA 300 & 400 – 2 years; ESAVA 210 & 325 – 3 years)
Manrose – 3 years
National Ventilation - 2 years
Silavent/Domus – 2 years
Vent Axia – 2 years - (5 years on Lo-Carbon models [motor only])

4. I need a copy of my invoice.
Please email us using the form below to request a copy of your invoice with your full name and the order number for the invoice you need.

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