A complete guide to sunbed ventilation

A complete guide of how to set up a successful ventilation system in any tanning salon. When opening a salon getting the basics right such as room sizes, electric supply and ventilation requirements is essential.

Ensuring that the sunbed has a good supply of fresh air into the cubicle, as well as an output for hot air that the sunbed generates is the key to ensuring that your sunbeds work effortlessly without overheating.

As a standard, our sunbeds come with an aluminium flexi duct which our engineers attach to the sunbed funnels on the day of the installation. As a customer, all you need to provide is a 300 mm hole on the external side of the building (e.g. wall or window) and we take care of the rest.

Hot air output:

Each sunbed (unless stated otherwise by the manufacturer) needs a ventilation output that is 300 mm in diameter. It is very important that the output stays at 300 mm all the way from the bed to the wall. If the output is reduced in any way, the hot air will be reversing back into the bed; which can result in lasting damage that might expensive to repair.

Picture 1: Whereas the initial output is 300 mm in diameter as required, the ducting gets dramatically reduced to around a half of what it should be. The ventilation output has to be 300 mm all the way. 

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Picture 1

Picture 2: The sunbed ventilation output is reduced by the additional hood which limits the air flow. Again, the hot air output has to be 300 mm all the way. 

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Picture 2

Please note: The hot air output HAS to be directed OUTSIDE. The hot air cannot stay in the room or in the building. If the hot air stays in the premises, the machine will still suck in this hot air which will lead to electrical malfunctions. 

Daisy chaining the ventilation outputs:

We understand that sometimes it might be easier to daisy chain two sunbed ventilation outputs together. This is possible and easily done. All you need to do is to connect the beds together with a ‘Y’ joint (pictured). The joint needs to have 300mm on both ends and a 500mm on the extraction end. 

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Can the hot air output be located near the floor?

No, all hot air outputs of 300mm or 500mm have to be located near the ceiling/the top of the window. 

Ventilation and suspended ceilings:

You can let all of the hot air vents from sunbeds into the space in your suspended ceiling. All you need to ensure that there is a large duct of 500 mm + (depending on how many sunbeds you have) which lets fresh air into the salon; and another duct, equal in size for the hot air output.


Supply of fresh air into the cubicle:

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As well as a hot air output, the beds need an inlet of cool air. All you need to do is to trim the doors to each sunbed cubicle by 5-7cm at the top and at the bottom. Please see the picture for reference. 

Air conditioning:

Whereas air conditioning might make your salon more comfortable in the summer months, it does not impact the sunbeds. Absence of good ventilation in your salon cannot be fixed by air conditioning unit.

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How to get it right:

As long as you follow all of the steps outlined above your machines will work beautifully! Still confused? Don’t worry! Get in touch with our team who will be happy to help!

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8 thoughts on “A complete guide to sunbed ventilation

  • 15th July 2019 at 10:36 pm

    Hello I’ve moved my standup sunbed to a much smaller room in my salon,and it’s way to hot when it’s been used a lot,is there anythink that I can do to help it not get so hot ?


    • 16th July 2019 at 10:10 am

      Does it get hot even with a full ventilation setup?

    • 26th July 2020 at 6:53 am

      can you give me a quick call. I have a ventilation question. Been in business 25 years no but this ventilation thing is a thorn in my side
      718 702 0187
      I would really allreaciate it
      Thank you call any day any time

  • 25th September 2020 at 12:16 am

    Just quick questions.
    I had 30cm hot air vents from sunbeds near ceiling.
    1. Where should I make cold air vent?
    On the similar height or near floor?
    2. Cold air vent size should be the same (30cm)?

    • 25th September 2020 at 10:46 am

      Hi, thank you for your comment.
      1. You should make the cold air vent near the floor.
      2. Yes, it can be few cm less, however ideally it would be good if it would be the same.
      If you have any further questions, do not hesitate and contact us on 01865 718485, we will be happy to help.

      Many Thanks,
      Best Sunbeds Team

  • 25th September 2020 at 9:25 pm

    Thank you very much for your help.
    Just wondering if it will be too cold in feet after coming out of the sunbed (while getting dressed while the sunbed is still cooling down) 🤔🤔🤔

  • 8th October 2020 at 8:34 am

    Hi can you email me re supply and fitting ventilation in my Sunbed shop thankyou

    • 21st October 2020 at 3:58 pm

      Hi Jo,

      Thank you for your comment. Feel free to email us on info@bestsunbeds.co.uk or alternatively you can give us a call on 01865 718485.

      Many Thanks,

      Team Best Sunbeds Ltd


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