The importance of cleaning your extractor fan

18th Dec, 2023 | Bathrooms, Electrics, Wet Rooms

Extractor fans provide the necessary ventilation for your bathroom or wet room, and avoids excess moisture building up and causing issues in your bathroom.

While the bathroom is often considered a private space, it is also a space where proper ventilation is crucial for maintaining hygiene, preventing mould, and help ensure that the bathroom experience is a pleasant one. Enter the unsung hero of bathroom environments – the bathroom extractor fan. In this blog, we’ll explore the often-overlooked significance of bathroom extractors and why they are indispensable to your wet room or bathroom.

What is the purpose of an extractor fan?

An extractor fan in your bathroom serves many purposes. You need good quality ventilation for your bathroom for many reasons.

When you shower or bathe this can cause a humid environment. This excess moisture if not managed can lead to mould, de-laminating of furniture and potential structural damage even.

The extractor does the job of removing the excess moisture and therefore preventing these potential issues like mould and mildew. Proper ventilation will maintain good air quality and exchange stale air by introducing new air and extracting moisture. This also reduces the concentration of pollutants and allergens.

Excess moisture not only poses a threat to human health but can also compromise the structural integrity of a building. Bathroom extractors aid in preventing water damage to walls, ceilings, and fixtures, safeguarding the long-term durability of your home.

Many modern bathroom extractors come equipped with energy-efficient features. These include sensors that activate the fan when humidity levels rise, ensuring optimal performance without unnecessary energy consumption. This not only benefits the environment but also contributes to cost savings in the long run.

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What are the regulations regarding bathroom ventilation? 

If you are in a new build, a bathroom extractor is required to comply with building regulations.

If your house already does not have an extractor, there is no legal requirement to post-fit an extractor. This would be highly recommended though. If you are having any building work done – an extension for example – then an extractor needs to be installed.

For a bathroom = 15 litres of water per second is the minimum extraction rate required of an extractor fan.

Having this regulation in place shows the importance of health and safety for your home. Read further about these regulations, https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/ventilation-approved-document-f

The reason for the ventilation is not just to comply with building regulations, but to avoid moisture build-up that could lead to mould and damp, which can have a severe impact on your general health.

Why is my extractor not working?  

Your extractor is likely not working because it is blocked up with dust.

If the impeller and the airways through the conduit to the external vent are blocked due to dust, condensation and moisture will not be able to be drawn through the room. Excess moisture will sit on the tiles, furniture, and silicone, causing bacteria growth and mould. Other potential issues include finishes on your brassware and radiators are more likely to peel in these conditions.

This can cause your furniture to delaminate and the plating on your brassware to deteriorate.

If your extractor fan is working at less than capacity because it is clogged up with dirt and dust, then the effectiveness is reduced.

It is very important to keep your extractor cleaned or serviced to prevent the loss of use and effectiveness of your extractor. We have a video that shows you how to service your extractor.

Also, our bathroom servicing plans include extractor servicing. This means one of our installation engineers will make sure it is working in top condition, see more about our bathroom servicing plans here

To summarise

In the grand scheme of home essentials, the bathroom extractor fan may not be the star of the show, but its role in maintaining a healthy, comfortable, and structurally sound living space cannot be overstated. As we pay attention to design and functionality in our homes, let’s not forget to appreciate the silent welcome of the bathroom extractor – a guardian of air quality and defender against the unseen threats of excess moisture.

We’ve got some working extractors on display in our showroom. Why don’t you contact us to arrange a showroom visit to see them or ask any other questions you may have about our extractors.

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