Extractor fan or dehumidifier for bathroom?

Extractor fan or dehumidifier for bathroom?

10:51 AM, 5th December 2016, About 5 years ago 44

Text Size

I have a 2 bed top floor flat in Aberdeen. The bathroom has a velux window but no extractor fan. The current tenants have asked me if I could get an extractor fan fitted as they feel there is a lot of condensation and don’t want the window open all the time.bathroom

I would like some advice on the best solution. I could get an extractor fan fitted, it would require going through the wall which is actually a slate roof, or I could get a dehumidifier, but I don’t know much about these and whether this would be a better solution or not. There are portable units but they would require a cable to be plugged in outside the bathroom, or there might be units I could have fitted and wired in by an electrician.

I could say no since there is a window, but it seems a reasonable request and can only be good for my bathroom. I am prepared to pay for a proper solution, I just need some advice on the best way forward from other landlords.

Thank you in advance for your help.



by Gary Nock

12:42 PM, 5th December 2016, About 5 years ago

Like I said -it's your opinion. Rooms have been ventilated for years by opening a window and continue to be. And in your two posts I find your tone disrespectful and condescending. You have made your point and you disagree with me. Let's just move on shall we?

by Harlequin Garden

12:56 PM, 5th December 2016, About 5 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Gary Nock" at "05/12/2016 - 12:42":

I just had scrimping landlords, it tars us all with the same brush, that's all - my granny probably ventilated by opening the window and beat her rugs, but things were different then, now tenants are a different race, I find it easier to ask them to do nothing so I'm not disappointed.

by Graham Clarke

13:00 PM, 5th December 2016, About 5 years ago

I would go for a humidstat silent extractor fan that way the fan will automatically start when moisture in the air reaches a certain level even if the light is switched off. The tenant will have no means of shutting this fan off so cant override it unless they switch the power off to the lighting circuit which they are not going to do unless they want to live in the dark.
If you pay a little extra for one of the silent humidstat fans so it will not disturb the tenant, rather than just a standard humidstat fan

by Harlequin Garden

13:01 PM, 5th December 2016, About 5 years ago

Well I'm with Rob - my experience is very hands on - 40 properties, and over 30 years, I'm pleased (delighted) if a tenant does something but I expect nothing, I have Environvent and I have 'extractors' that don't get switched off and I have windows that open - I know what I will rely on.

If tenants would only heat properly and didn't 'demand' double glazing then we probably wouldn't have this awful issue with condensation.

by Dr Monty Drawbridge

13:02 PM, 5th December 2016, About 5 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Rob Crawford" at "05/12/2016 - 12:40":

Hi Rob,

£140 is a lot for a decent extractor IMO. Any particular reason you would not go for the Greenwood I mentioned at half that price retail (or less on the fleabay)?

by Stan Barlow TEE LTD

13:04 PM, 5th December 2016, About 5 years ago

We have been involved with this problem for many years. We operate an electrical business in Cornwall [dampness & condensation is day to day issues in the SW].
Prior to the change of regulations [some 20-years ago] all new properties or those which have work carried out under building regulations require extraction installed to Bathrooms & Kitchens regardless of how many windows they have.
As a matter of common sense all of my family open their respective bathrooms or kitchens for a few minutes to enable steam to dissipate. They also all have extractors.
The £500 to install extraction in the scenario you described is probably reasonably accurate. A cheaper alternate are extractors installed in the window but I personally dislike these and try hard to avoid
We look after some 1500 tenanted properties and like all people you get sensible and of course contrary tenants [& Landlords?}.


13:35 PM, 5th December 2016, About 5 years ago

It's simple really, most properties need and have extractor fans fitted to remove condensation. Yes, one can open a window, but if a property is NOT heated and ventilated properly in the first place, then opening a window will be useless. Additionally, what landlord would want his property to end up with condensation spreading throughout his property. Not to mention that by opening a window for any length of time, the property will lose heat which is key in the winter for keeping temperatures balanced. Not all rental properties have CH and to expect a tenant to not only keep the property heated in the winter to protect it from damp/mold, then to ask them to open windows and let all the heat out, really does sound like the "Rising Damp" era of renting in the 70's. If a landlord provides all the necessary equipment to maintain HIS property and a tenant blatantly ignores or turns the extractor fan off, then the landlord should be able to take action against the tenant. I'm all for that, but at least provide the right equipment in the first place so every eventuality is covered. When it comes down to it, if the property ends being damp with mold the landlord will not be able to rent it out or sell it at it's full market value until he resolves it.

by Harlequin Garden

13:52 PM, 5th December 2016, About 5 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Jill Harding" at "05/12/2016 - 13:35":

Clear and succinct, you've managed to say it as it is and I assume not offend as I managed to do - thank you Jill and glad someone else remembers Rising Damp.

by Rod

14:16 PM, 5th December 2016, About 5 years ago

Dehumidifiers alway need emptying as there's always moisture in the air anyway and would a tenant be bothered to empty it? Extractor fans are far better and is there a radiator in the room as that helps by warming everything up slightly, makes a big difference!


14:21 PM, 5th December 2016, About 5 years ago

Waste bins need emptying, as do many things in a home, one can't use that a reason not to fit the right equipment for the right job...that is why these things are produced! 😉

Leave Comments

Please Log-In OR Become a member to reply to comments or subscribe to new comment notifications.

Forgotten your password?