What you also need to know
- Which fans are affected?
In general, all fans with input power of between 125W and 500kW which are brought into circulation in the EU must comply with the requirements.
This applies to both fans as individual devices as well as those integrated into equipment and buildings.
- Are there any exceptions?
Yes, for instance fans for operation in explosive areas or fans for liquid media with temperatures exceeding 100 °C.
Also, fans designed especially for operation in toxic, highly corrosive or flammable environments or in environments with abrasive materials and other special applications are excluded.
- Must existing products and buildings be refitted?
No. The ErP Directive does not state that existing products and buildings must be refitted.
- What must be done for servicing?
There is a transition period for fans which are integrated into other products or buildings before 2013 and must be replaced:
The exact same replacement fans are still permitted between 2013 and 2015.
They must however be labelled. As from 2015, ErP compliant fans will be compulsory even for servicing.
- How can one identify ErP compliant fans?
The CE mark. As from 2013, it will only be given to fans which adhere to the prescribed limits and power values.
Total efficiency will be seen as a figure on the nameplate.
- Does the ErP Directive also apply outside the EU?
No, but it can be expected that outside of Europe similar guidelines will be decided on as well.
- Will the new fans be more expensive?
Many Nicotra Gebhardt fans already comply with the requirements of the ErP Directive today.
The selection of a higher quality drive system can affect the price of the fan.
The investment costs are recovered very quickly due to the higher energy efficiency and the lower energy consumption.
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