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Fit extractor fans now if getting new kitch/bathroom in 5 years?

Discussion in 'General DIY' started by NewbieHouseGuy, 15 Nov 2020.

  1. NewbieHouseGuy

    NewbieHouseGuy

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    In my new house there are no extractor fans in the kitchen or bathroom. We can't afford to get a new kitchen or bathroom right now but in 5 years or so we might be able to.

    If we get someone to fit extractor fans now can it be done in such a way that someone fitting a new kitchen or bathroom in 5 years time can work around them and not have to replace them during a refit? Is there anything I should look out for or ask them to do/not do?

    Thank you!
     
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  3. JohnD

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    yes, of course.

    in the kitchen it needs to extract through the wall, above the place where the cooker will be, and high enough that you can't bang your head on it while stirring the porridge. An extractor hood or canopy is better than an extractor fan. It will need a 125 or 150mm duct through the wall.

    in the bathroom it should be as high as you can get, and above the shower position if it can go 2250mm or more above floor level; otherwise, not above the bath or shower but as far as possible from the door, wired to come on when you turn on the bathroom light, and to continue running according to the setting of its run on timer. If you have space above the ceiling, you can fit an inline fan with a duct throughthe wall, which can be quieter and more powerful. 80 cu.m hr is the minimum throughput you should accept. Steamy showers need more.

    Some people have an aversion to ventilation and prefer to have extractors turned off.
     
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    Anything you fit now will be knackered by the time you refit so fit whatever suits current layout .
     
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