How to Choose a 3-in-1 Exhaust Fan for Your Bathroom

The modern bathroom 3-in-1 exhaust fan has revolutionised how we use and design bathrooms. Lighting, heating and ventilation are vital in every bathroom, but old appliances left the bathroom cluttered and, sometimes, even dangerous. Modern 3-in-1 units are space saving, stylish and functional, meeting all the needs of your bathroom.

With the amount of time we spend in bathrooms, and their different uses, it is worth investing in the right 3-in-1 unit to meet all your needs. Today we are going to discuss how to choose a 3-in-1 exhaust fan for your bathroom.

choose a 3-in-1 exhaust fan and heaterWhat is a 3-in-1 Bathroom Exhaust Unit?

A 3-in-1 unit is a compact, all in one system for lighting, heating and ventilation for your bathroom. It consists of three parts that operate separately. There is an infrared or ceramic heating element that produces instant heat, modern LED bulbs to provide excellent lighting options, and a built in exhaust system that extracts steam and moisture from the room.

Benefits of Using a 3-in-1 Bathroom Exhaust Unit

Choosing a 3-in-1 exhaust fan is a simple and easy way to add luxury to your bathroom. They provide some fantastic practical benefits include their space saving, sleek designs and no need to install separate lights, heaters or ventilation. Many units have the ability to individually control each separate function with a single switch point. They are also very easy to install.

How to Choose the Right 3-in-1 Exhaust Unit

Modern 3-in-1 units come in a wide range of sizes, shapes and designs to suit your needs and décor. It is important to note that bigger is not always better when it comes to 3-in-1 units. This is primarily due to the amount and configuration of the heat lamps.

When you choose a 3-in-1 exhaust fan, you need to decide between 2 and 4 lamp configurations. 2 lamps are fine for small bathrooms, but trying to use a 4 lamp configuration for a small bathroom means you are likely paying too much on your energy bills, and overheating a small space! So choosing the right size for your bathroom is paramount. Which leads us into what we should consider when choosing a 3-in-1 exhaust unit.

Heating Options for 3-in-1 Units

As we mentioned before, 3-in-1 bathroom units generally come in two and four lamp configurations. Choosing between the two and four lamp options depends on your bathroom. Two lamp configurations are perfect for smaller bathrooms but won’t properly warm a larger bathroom. While a four lamp or element unit is too much for a small bathroom, but ideal for a larger one. It is important to discuss your bathroom size with experts, like those at Martec, to ensure you choose the right option for your home.

Heating options also heat a room instantly, so there’s no need for preheating or additional heating units that clutter a bathroom at best and make it dangerous at worst.

LED Lighting in 3-in-1 Bathroom Units

Modern 3-in-1s provide the best in LED lighting options. LEDs are energy efficient and feature longer lifespans than older, halogen options. They also provide a brighter, wider range of light, and are kinder on your hip pocket than other options. Further, you won’t need to supplement your lighting with other options to ensure the perfect lighting when you’re getting ready.

Why You Need the Right 3-in-1 Bathroom Exhaust for Your Bathroom

When you Of all the benefits your 3-in-1 offers, it is the exhaust fan that is the most important addition to your bathroom. Your exhaust fan works to remove moisture and vapour from the air, to stop your bathroom mirror from fogging. It is also paramount in the removal of condensation that gathers on your walls. This condensation can cause paint and wallpaper to peel, as well as warp your door frames in the most extreme cases. Further, years of condensation build up can do irreparable damage to your fixtures.

But that’s not all your exhaust fan is important for. Warm, moist air is the perfect breeding ground for mould and mould spores, which are incredibly difficult to remove. Mould is dangerous to everyone’s health, but especially those who have pre-existing conditions, the elderly and children. Your exhaust fan will also draw way odours and harsh cleaning chemicals, to make your bathroom a more relaxing, safer space. Modern 3-in-1 exhaust fans are designed to be extremely powerful but also incredibly quiet, so you can properly ventilate air without disturbing your bath or shower.

How to Reduce the Cost of Running a 3-in-1 Bathroom Exhaust Unit

While the instant heat of a 3-in-1 bathroom exhaust and heater make for a delightfully warm bathroom in winter, it is still important to keep electricity bills in check. Our tips include:

Stop Preheating

3-in-1 units feature instant heat, which means there is no need to preheat like older units and heaters required. This instant, radiant heat means they warm objects and people, rather than the air. It also prevents the exhaust fan sucking away heat when it ventilates the bathroom.

Choose the Right Sized 3-in-1 Bathroom Exhaust

As we mentioned before, it is important to have the right sized unit for your bathroom. Too small a unit requires you to run it a lot longer, while a unit that is too big will produce too much heat, making the room uncomfortable.

Use Only When Necessary

While using your exhaust fan is always necessary when using the bath or shower, it is not always necessary to use the heating option. After all, there is no need to heat a bathroom in the summer months, so make sure you switch that option off in summer.

Looking to choose a 3-in-1 exhaust fan as we come into winter? Explore the Martec range today! If you have any questions, our experts are always ready to help with advice and recommendations for your space!