What to Look For when Buying a Bathroom / Toilet Ventilation Fan

What to Look For when Buying a Bathroom / Toilet Ventilation Fan

In our > 20 years of experience in selling electrical products for both domestic and commercial use, we have encountered a lot of questions from our customers both online and in our shop.

Many of these questions are related to the choosing of the right bathroom ventilation fan. What does one need to know about the bathroom fan which he needs to install at home? What features he needs to make sure it has, so that he would have the latest in technology and in aspect?

We asked our consultants on the counter here in our showroom in Archway and we checked the questions you have asked us online, and we compiled a list of such questions below.

The Size of the Bathroom Fan

The size of the bathroom or toilet fan matters. In general, for the domestic use people need mainly the 4 inch fan, 100 mm diameter (the extracting diameter / duct). The front lid / the grill is in general max. 158 x 158 mm – small, not taking too much space in the bathroom.

The Fan Must have a Timer

Many times we forget to turn off the light in the bathroom, and it is the same with the fan – it is better to make sure that the bathroom fan turns itself off in 2-3 minutes after you leave the bathroom. The timer module is many times incorporated into the fan, and it can be set up to the time lag desired.

How Quiet is the Fan?

It is very important to have a quiet fan, so quiet that you cannot even hear it! Some fans are so loud that you hate being in the bathroom with them running in the background :( while others like Airflow QT100T and Envirovent SIL100T are as quiet as 26.5dB(A) at 3m – you can barely hear the fan extracting the air!

How Far is the Ducting?

If the ducting needs to be longer than 3 metres, you will need a different fan with a stronger power of extraction. But in general, for domestic or regular office bathroom / toilet needs with a ducting up to 3m (the length of the ducting until the outside / the central ventilation system). Ducting can also be purchased via Sparks.

What is the Cheapest 100mm Toilet Fan?

Many customers ask this question, and on our website we have the PRO100T from Envirovent (100mm diameter, with timer included). It is not the quietest among them all, but it is definitely the cheapest and most popular one! For those who are looking to make an investment in a quiet fan with a stylish look, the SIL100T and QT100T are the first choices.

Extra: Dust Free Grill

Dust tends to accumulate on the grill of the fan, and with time and use the fan needs to be gently wiped with a clean cloth (see the instructions included in the package). If you are looking for a fan that has a dust-free grill (no dust accumulating as time goes by) check out the Envirovent SILD10TW. It always stays clean!

Was the above information useful? Do you have any other questions regarding the Bathroom Fans? Let us know in the comments.

The Best Value-for-Money Bathroom Ventilation Fan: Silent yet Stylish

We did some research recently into what is the best bathroom fan, especially when it comes to these three criteria’s: silent, stylish, and value for money.

The Best Value-for-Money Bathroom Ventilation Fan: Silent yet Stylish [in the picture: Silent 100 from Envirovent]

We asked both our customers and our consultants over the counter, and the result is unequivocally the Silent 100 from Envirovent (sorry to spoil the surprise).

And here are some reasons why we came to this conclusion.

A Bathroom Fan that is Silent!

The SIL100T Silent 100mm bathroom fan is a 26.5db(A) at 3m fan – which mainly means that it is very silent.

It is so annoying when you go to the bathroom and the fan – which comes on automatically – is loud in its operation! Believe me, I know what I’m talking about. You don’t even want to be there.

But with the Silent 100 fan there is no such problem: it’s incredible silent running will insure you virtually don’t even hear it – it simply operates in the background.

A Stylish Bathroom Fan?

People pay attention to style, but sometimes in the bathroom you may not even need too much style (unless you’re planning to spend a lot of time there). In our research and comparison, we have found other bathroom ventilation fans that are more stylish, but the Silent 100 with timer was alright.

The white or silver finish gives it a plus – it can match the design of the bathroom.

Best Value for Money

This is the tricky part: who wants to pay close to £100 for a bathroom fan? At this point in our research we realized that there’s no other fan yet that can match the value for money Silent 100 Fan from Envirovent can.

A little less than £50 (VAT included) will insure you will have a wall, window, or ceiling mounted fan with timer included, with a full IP45 rating for bathroom use.

Other Gold Stars

Style, silence, and value for money is not all EnviroVent has to offer with SIL100T.

Read more via, New Cheaper Silent Fan (the EnviroVent 100 Fan with adjustable timer), and visit our website to find out more about the IP rating, the high performance, the dimensions, the timer module, the energy saving properties, the guarantee, the motor speed, the light weight, and many other little gold stars on this fan.

Question: if you purchased and installed one of these, or if you have seen them in action, what do YOU think? Are they as good as this article says, or better?

Picture credit: via Envirovent website here.

Bathroom Extractor Fan Comparison: the Silent Design 100 vs the Silhouette S100

Which is the best value extraction fan for the bathroom?

Today we are putting two bathroom fans against one another. We have a lot of ventilation fans in-store, but they’re not all intended for the same purpose – some fans are more equal than others.

A bathroom fan needs to have a great extraction rate to fight condensation, odours, and the formation of allergens (particularly mould). It ought to be quiet enough to run in the middle of the night without waking everyone up, and with the drive to save energy, it should consume as little energy as possible.

The Silhouette S100 and the Silent Design 100 are similarly priced – but which of them offers more value for money?

Bathrom Extractor Fans Comparison

Silhouette S100Vent-Axia Silhouette S100 Bathroom Extraction Fan Silent Design 100Envirovent Silent 100 Bathroom Extraction Fan
Ducting size 100mm 100mm
Power Consumption 16W 8W
Airflow 26 litres/sec 22 litres/sec
Noise 37 dB(A) 26.5 dB(A)
IP Rating IPx4 IP45
Operation Manual switch Manual switch and timer
Integral Timer No Yes

The Results

The S100 fan is more suited to bathrooms and utility rooms whereas the Silent Design 100 is drip-proof, consumes less power with an 8W motor and integral timer operation, and is – well, almost silent. For intermittent ventilation in a domestic bathroom, this is the clear option.

However, the S100 has a slightly higher extraction rate – and if you remember this video, you might recall that the Silent Design 100’s flat cover is a natural enemy of the extractor fan – or at least it would be, if not for the curved design of the cover that counteracts the effect. As listed, both these items exceed the extract ventilation rates mandated by the Building Regulations ADF (2010).

It should be noted that the Silhouette S100 can be expanded at a little extra cost to include more features than the Silent Design 100, but it runs a higher cost. A timer model, for example, runs to approx. £37 + VAT, but more options are available including motion sensing and humidity-regulating models. In comparison, a humidity-sensing model of the Silent Design 100 costs £57 + VAT. If you need more granular control options, for example in office buildings and commercial properties, this is the model of choice.

The Silent 100 Extractor Fan Faces the Envirovent Fan Power Challenge

The Silent 100 extractor fan faces the Envirovent "fan power challenge" - will it pass?

 The Silent 100 is the latest fan to undertake Envirovent’s gruelling Fan Power Challenge. It’s a fun video, and full of great information for installers. Did you know that a flat cover is the natural enemy of the extractor fan?

A Silent Fan by Name and by Nature

It’s hard to convey in words just how quiet the Silent extractor fans run, so it’s nice that Envirovent have uploaded some videos. Compared with competing products, the difference is so great that at first, we weren’t sure it was plugged in – the microphone can’t pick up the sound!

Sparks Direct stocks Silent 100 extractor fans, optionally with integrated timers and humidistats. They’re great in bathrooms, utility rooms, and kitchens, where a great deal of extraction is required.

(In the video, the silver model is put to the test: you can purchase one here with a timer and humidistat.)

These fans are extremely reliable – out of all the items we’ve sold, we have had only one return! When it comes to high-power air extraction and humidity control, the Silent 100 is the clear choice for architects, contractors, and ventilation enthusiasts.

Earlier today, Envirovent dropped off a display unit, and we’ll be playing with that in the weeks to come. Keep your eye on this blog for the results!

innovation with style – the new Envirovent Silent 100 Design bathroom fans

The interior designs have influenced the way we choose items for the home from wallpaper to practical electrical appliances.  From cooker hoods to shower curtains, current trends have an effect on what we buy and even in a recession consumers still want to furnish and enhance their homes. For the style conscious certain appliances, such as extractor fans, still provide a challenge.

innovation with style - the new Envirovent Silent 100 bathroom extractor fans; application of the EnviroVent Silent 100 Design bathroom fan

Extractor fans are a necessary part of modern day life. As we construct or refurbish our homes in-line with stringent building regulations to become more energy efficient by adding measures such as cavity wall insulation, loft insulation and double glazing, we effectively  ‘seal –up’ our homes and by doing so create poor ventilation, which can lead to condensation and mould problems. Conventional extractor fans are not ‘fashion friendly’ and for a number of people this is not a problem. However, the consumer who has just spent a small fortune on a fabulous bathroom with a trendy walk-in shower will require something extra special that is pleasing on the eye. EnviroVent have the perfect solution – the stylish SILENT 100 Design.

The SILENT 100 Design is a new range of domestic axial fans suitable for utility rooms and bathrooms available in two colours, white or silver, complete with four smart interchangeable front panel trims in four evocative shades.  By incorporating whisper-quiet silent technology, the presence of the SILENT 100 Design fan promises never to ruin the ambiance of the room it has been installed in.

Innovative Silence – the SILENT 100 Design

The SILENT 100 Design is the result of extensive and scrupulous development by EnviroVent’s R&D team, who have patented a refreshing new concept by developing an extractor fan that is designed to extract the maximum airflow with the minimum noise possible. This is achieved by motors mounted on silent elastic blocks; the elastic blocks absorb the vibrations from the motor and prevent the noise being transmitted into the area where the extract fan is installed. This not only significantly reduces the noise from the extractor fan, but also any noise from the surface that supports the fan.

The SILENT 100 Design has been tested for noise and vibration by ENAC/ILAC, an independent research centre in Europe. Here, a benchmark study was carried out on the market’s most popular domestic axial extract fans to test their acoustic benefits against the patented ‘silent’ technology of the SILENT Range.   Each appliance went through sound power level testing using sound pressure. At the time of testing the results showed that out of all the axial fans tested, the most popular ‘quietest’ model on the market emitted twice the noise level of the equivalent SILENT model.

Continue reading this article via, The New SILENT 100 Design – Innovation with style (on the Envirovent website and the Electrical Wholesaler News). Taken with permission from their website, this article introduces some of the benefits and features of the SILENT 100 Design range of bathroom extractor fans. Read more about these fans via preventing the condensation problems, the SILENT 100 design bathroom fan, or at the Heating and Ventilation articles.