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Bathroom extractor fan
Can you recommend a suitable extractor fan for over the bath/shower? I currently have an in-line fan fitted through the ceiling into the loft and then out through the side wall of the loft. It has louvres on the outside but one of these is broken and the wind comes in - also when they weren't broken it made quite a noise. I would like to replace it with a fan which clears the condensation and does not allow cold air back into the bathroom when switched off. I've never been convinced that the one I have does anything at all except let cold air in. If anyone out there lives in the Taunton/Yeovil area I would be very pleased to have the job done. I don't what make of fan I have - the instructions just say "supplied by APL" and there is no other name.
Moving the position of the fan to over the bath and fitting a new fan will not solve the problem.The best type of fans are in-line ones, so you would be better off getting the ducting in the loft re-routed and vented to a different more shelterd point with an appropriate wind cowl and backdraft shutter.
Answered 6th Feb 2013
The noise level of fans is usually shown in the lower the number the quieter it is, different fans have different extraction rates the higher the number the greater the rate of extraction. You can get fans to suit different duct sizes as well mainly 100, 125 & 150mm if you don't want the extra expense of changing the ducting you're best measuring the size of the ducting already there. By a new cowel and some fans ate sopplied with a one way valve. You could also invest in a fan with an over-run timer so it will carry on running for a set period of time.
Answered 7th May 2013