Installing an Extractor Fan
Installing an extractor fan is one of the most important things you can do regarding studio safety and protecting your lungs and the air in your home.
I use a simple bathroom fan. It is inexpensive, effective and relatively simple to have installed. You can purchase the fan and materials for about one-hundred dollars from a building supplier such as Lowes or Home Depot.
When choosing a fan check the product specifications to make sure the fan will properly ventilate the square footage you have in your studio.
If you do not have someone close to you who knows how to properly install it, call a professional who can vent it out of the wall and who is a qualified electrician.
The cheapest route is to have the fan mounted to the ceiling and not in the ceiling, as ugly as that may be. Once the fan is up, you can use metal ducting to vent it out through the wall.
If you would like your fan to be installed neatly to the ceiling like the one in the bathroom, bare in mind that it could, and it should, cost about eight-hundred to a thousand dollars to install.
If you get a lower quote than that, I urge you to really get all the information you will need about who and how it will be installed.
My husband was in the renovation business and he has fixed bathroom fans in homes where they were improperly installed. The installer decided to cut corners either out of ignorance or to save money.
When vented through the ceiling the fan must be vented out properly through the roof and not just into the attic. There must also be minimal turns on the ventilation pipe to extract properly.
Here is a photo of my exhaust fan. Please ignore the hideous wallpaper border. It came with the house : ( The installation is a tad unattractive, but it sure does a fabulous job at clearing the air!
Fan Tip: I use a foot controlled on/off extension that was sold as a Christmas tree light control. I love it and I can keep the control at the foot of my work table for easy access.
Once you have a fan in place you will be amazed how quickly it cleans the air of fumes and you will wonder how you ever got along without one! It is truly number one in terms of studio safety.
For more information on studio safety here is a great video from Nancy Hamilton at nancylthamilton.com. I absolutely adore her website and she has a ton of excellent videos on jewelry making.
Nancy has a great casual way with her humor and she shares highly detailed expertise. Not only is she a fabulous artists, she is also a great teacher!
Nancy's video on studio safety encompasses more information for those of you who are making fine jewelry.