Consumer Reports says the Panansonic model is the best ceiling exhaust
fan on the market. I did a quick Google "Froogle" search for a
Panasonic FV-08VQ2 and came up with several websites of vendors who
sell these fans. Check out this one:
This exhaust fan should give you years of trouble free quiet
service...your wife may hate it since it does not make any noise!
Somewhere the attic was mentioned? While the following is probably obvious:
Make sure, especially if you are in a cool/cold climate to exhaust
The last thing anyone needs is pounds of damp air condensing into water in
their attic or roof space. (People still ask about that! On this and other
similar news groups!)
Again if you are in a cool climate I'll mention that we had to ensure that
the vents to the outside sloped 'down', not 'up' as recommended!
Because in cold weather the warm damp air condensed in the vent pipes and
moisture ran back into the house! All we get now is a slight icicle on the
outer edge of the vent housing. Also when you are assembling/installing the
vent piping, using say a combination of flexible and sections of metal
piping, position the joins so that any moisture that does condense will
drain 'down' the pipe to the outer end. You can also use duct tape and/or
large pipe clamps.
How many cubic feet is the bathroom?
L X W X H = CF
Keep in mind the manufacturers sone ratings are typically at very low static
pressures (.1 and below). You add a piece of duct (increasing external
static pressure) to the fan and the sones are an entirely different story.
If your wife likes the noise, I would recommend 1.5 + at least. Broan Silent
series is a nice fan. It's not as quiet as the Panasonic and still a nice
In order to size the fan properly, you need the cubic footage of the space
to determine the air changes per hour. The fan in my enclosed water closet
is sized at 24 air changes per hour. It only takes 2.5 minutes to remove all
my stink in the morning =)
Option #1 Send me your wife and I will make her happy. She can stay in my
bathroom and listen to my noisy fan all day long. Can she cook?
Option #2 Buy the best Panasonic bathroom fan you can afford. Forget the
light. Send it to me and I will send you my noisy fan. It's been tested
extensively for both noise AND exhaust functionality. Both you and your new
wife will be delighted and she can remain with you.
Option #3 Combine options 1 and 2. Have your wife BRING a new Panasonic fan
and I'll figure out some other way to make fan-like sounds.
Just trying to be helpful.
I have read the posts, and I still agree that you should go
If you are dead set on a noisy fan, Broan makes a nice ventilator that is
214CFM, at 1.8 Sones...runs about $175.
Or, the 90CFM version that is 1.5..
Either way, wire it so you can cut the noisy thing off...it will start to
drone after a while..but then, I have the Panasonics, and thats all we
install in new construction now...
Thanks to all who responded with helpful replies. In the end, I decided to
go with Panasonics; the main bathroom'll get the 110 CFM fan/light, which is
rated at 1.2 sones; that ought to provide enough background noise for my
wife (for those who had rather crass reasons she'd want the noise: she grew
up in a city, with fairly constant background; we're now living in Vermont,
which is pretty quiet. That's a little disconcerting to her. And, of
course, she likes to be able to tell that the fan's working--if it were too
quiet, the only indication of a problem would be taking a long, hot shower
and having a foggy mirror), while is still on the quiet end of things (which
I'll like). The small bathroom gets a much smaller fan--0.3 sones. And
it's still far more powerful than it needs to be. Ought to be nice.
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