Fan Selector is an interactive catalogue but its usefulness extends far beyond clearing your bookshelf of brochures. It has some really powerful features built-in, designed to save you time and improve your workflow by turbo-charging the selection process.
Here is my round-up of some of the most useful features tucked away inside the software that will help you with the entire ventilation design process.
1. Volume and Pressure Converter Tool.
You will notice the drop-down menus next to the required duty point box at the top left of the main screen. This is where you would normally enter the volume and pressure required for your fan selection. These boxes can also be used to convert numbers between different units. For example, if you need to convert M3/h into litres per second simply select the known value in the drop down box, type in the value then select the desired unit from the drop-down box. Fan selector will automatically convert the number to the new unit for you. This works for pressure too.
2. The Flow Rate Calculator.
This function is really useful and saves you time. By clicking the green question mark next to the volume field you will be presented with the Volume Calculator. Simply enter the room dimensions and choose an air change rate, either by adding it manually or choosing from the list, and your volume flow rate is automatically calculated. When you click OK, fan selector automatically adds it to the duty point field ready to select a fan.
3. The Schedule Builder.
Fan Selector has a really useful tool to help you build a schedule of fans containing all the “duty point” data you need. This is especially useful if you have more than one fan to select. Simply make the selection you require in the usual way by entering the volume and pressure, browsing to the fan range you are interested in and clicking search. Then, from the list of available fans, select the one you want and click the “quote” button on the right-hand side. Fan Selector will ask you for a Location Reference (like EF1) and a description. Enter this information, click OK and your selection will be saved in the quotation list of fans for this project. To view the list, click on the “Quotations Tab” at the top of the screen. Repeat this process untill you have collected together all the fans required for your project and then on the quotations tab click the Excel button. Fan selector will automatically generate an Excel schedule from your list, including all the duty point data and fan details.
4. The Tech-Sub Builder.
Continuing on from the previous item, assuming you have built up a collection of fans in your “quotations tab” you will also find another handy button there. The Datasheets button will put together a single file, containing all the “duty point” datasheets in a single handy \PDF document ready to use as a technical submission. It even creates a handy document index so you can find your selections in the document.
5. Share Your Selections With Nuaire.
One of the most powerful features in Fan Selector is the ability to save your list of fans and email it directly to us. Once you have created your list of products with duty point information in the quotations tab, you can click the save button and create a personal “.FS3” file, ready to send to Nuaire. This file contains all of your selection data, ancillaries and project information into a single tiny file, which will allow us to open your selections and continue working on them right away. We can then generate a quote and check your selection data without the need to re-select your fans.
So now you know how useful Fan Selector can be you just need to download it. Fan Selector is available free and can be downloaded by clicking here. If you already have a copy on your computer you should check that it is up-to-date. At the time of writing this post we are running version 3.1.15.
I have only scratched the surface of what Fan Selector can do here. If you really want to get to grips with all of the features and find out more about this powerful free tool, why not contact us and book a Fan Selector CPD for your office? One of our experts can take you through the whole process face-to-face.