Since I got my annual bonus check a few weeks ago, I've been picking up
a few things here and there that I've been putting off buying "until I
have the cash" (yes, I'm old fashioned, barring emergencies the credit
card gets paid off every month and I don't touch my savings account,
which I'm attempting to build up to 3 months' after tax income. I know,
Anyway, to the point. I need a bath fan, but I am a bit particular, I
wanted something better than the typical rattly "builder's grade" fan,
so I did possibly an obsessive amount of research and eventually it came
down to a tossup between a Fantech remote mount fan and a Panasonic
conventional fan. Since I was going to duct this out the side wall of
the house, I settled on a Panasonic (50CFM "WhisperGreen") because the
ducting for same would be much simpler, and there really isn't any
"remote" to mount the blower (couldn't get it more than a foot or two
away from the ceiling grille anyway.)
It showed up today, and since I don't know when I'll actually get all
the prep work done necessary to install it (run new circuit from breaker
panel at the exact opposite corner of house and down two floors, cut new
box in the wall for switches and GFCI, run new wire to light and
location of fan, then actually install the darn thing) I grabbed an old
power cord from my junk box and just temporarily wired it up to try it
out, just in case something was wrong with it I could identify it right
away and not discover that I'd wasted $100 3 mos. down the road when I
went to install it.
Holy crap, I am so glad that I spent the money. That sucker is QUIET.
And it's got this cool feature where it varies the speed of the motor so
that it delivers its rated CFM no matter what the resistance of the
ductwork; if you hold your hand over the outlet you can hear (barely)
the motor speed up. Pretty neat stuff. Gotta hand it to them, that's a
quality piece... sure, it's just a bath fan, but I am impressed. I'd
have been happy with a fan 3x as loud, and I bet any visitors would be
impressed by the quietness... I honestly have never in my life heard a
bath fan so quiet.
Now I'm motivated to get 'er done. Hopefully it'll be warm enough this
weekend to work in the attic... (was going to start last weekend, but
due to an annoying convergence of various factors starting with a blown
clutch hose on an old Porsche, I didn't...)
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