On average, a conventional extractor fan uses 200 watts of electricity. As it may be operated for around five hours per day, you will end up spending a lot on your energy bill every year. Most people are unaware that a conventional extractor fan can become energy guzzlers if they are not taken care of properly. However, the good news is that it is possible to make extractor fans greener and cheaper.
Let us find out how:
Before we discuss ways to make your extractor fans greener and cheaper, let us see in what ways conventional extractor fans waste electricity while running. Of course, you must remember that no device is 100% efficient and that some energy losses in the form of heat, noise, and airflow issues happen. One of the basic problems with an extractor fan is that it runs at a steady pace. It means there will be times when it delivers inefficient airflow and times when it delivers more power, resulting in wastage. If you know what causes the wastage, it might be possible to reduce or minimise the wastage.
Use Efficient Motors
Modern motors come with innovative features that make them more efficient. Better, sealed bearings decrease the friction during fan rotation resulting in less energy wastage. These motors are quieter, making them more energy-efficient while delivering the same amount of airflow.
Another major extractor fan innovation is an intelligent vapour tracking control. In this system, a sensor is used to track the moisture levels in the air. The power level of the fan is then adapted to meet the needs of the room according to the changes in moisture levels. When more moisture is detected, the extractor fan will work at a higher power to reduce the moisture levels and prevent condensation. Once the levels are normalised the fan power also reduces automatically, thereby saving energy.
While traditional fans use filters to protect the fan blades, a modern extractor fan uses cyclone airflow through the fan, rendering a filter unnecessary. As the air is directed cleanly through the system, the fan will not clog up and thus becomes more energy efficient.
Other indirect factors such as production location – the nearer the location, the lesser the transportation cost and impact on the environment – also affects the overall costs of extractor fans. Sometimes it makes more sense to buy locally.
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