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    Default Bathroom Fan Recommendations

    I have to bathrooms' - 50 sq. and 45 sq. They don't currently have fans.
    Fan recommendations with light, I would like a good one.

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    Check out the Panasonic line...they are quiet and well made.
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    Here is just one example, from Broan> http://www.broan.com/display/router....oductID=100413 . Although a 50 or 70 CFM would spec out for your small rooms, I strongly recommend higher CFM. Having plenty of ventilation is the number 1 way to elimiate any mold/mildew issues. And since you have to live with this for a long time, I also recommend spending the bucks to get a quiet fan. Personally I consider 1.0 sones to be the maximum I will accept for a bathroom fan, and you will probably pay $200+ for that. The best Broans are pretty good, and the Panasonics mentioned are top of the line for this application. Also pricey.

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    I'll add in another vote for the Panasonic fans. I prefer their Whisper Green (VK in the part number) followed by their Whisper Ceiling (VQ in the part number). Both are available with a light. For Broan/Nutone you should stick with there top of the line units. I think that is the QTXE series. A 50 CFM fan is about the right sized for your bathrooms, but if you have a reasonably long duct run you should definitely bump it to a 80 CFM unit or if you want to extra insurance against moisture build up go with the 80 CFM. If you shop around, you should be able to find a good one for less than $200. If you add in extra bells and whistles like humidity sensing that will push you over $200 for sure. In my opinion, the extra money spent on a quiet fan is worth it.
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    Anyone have experience with or recommendations for Fantech fans? I'm intrigued by their remote fan set up.

    http://residential.fantech.net/resid...products/bath/

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    Sorry just getting back on this. So this one at Walmart would be fine?
    http://www.walmart.com/ip/Panasonic-...#ProductDetail

    or would you go with this one...
    http://www.***********.com/invt/panf...e=shopzillacse

    Thanks again. I don't need anything too fancy, but quality is important.
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    My choice came down to Panasonic and Broan. I selected the Broan becasue it had all the features I wanted, and was in stock locally. It senses humidity and turns the fan on & off based on that. It also has a flourescent lamp, and a night light. I also like them quiet... but I wouldn't go nuts. If you can't hear it running you can't tell when it's broken. I can't remember how many sones mine is - you can hear it - barely.

    I am using an LED bulb in place of the standard 4W nightlight bulb. The LED bulb was about $7 and has a slight bluish cast to it, but draws less than a watt, and should last a very long time. I rigged it to a photoswitch pointing at the window. The regular flourescent lamp is wired into the same circuit as the overhead can lights. It all seems to be working well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidTu View Post
    Anyone have experience with or recommendations for Fantech fans? I'm intrigued by their remote fan set up.

    http://residential.fantech.net/resid...products/bath/
    Fantec stuff is nice. I ended up using a Solatube tubular skylight with a remote fan, which is similar in that the fan is remoted away from the room. If, like my bathroom, you don't have a window, it makes a huge difference in the room. The skylight reflects the equivalent of a 300W light into the room, and even on a moonlit night, provides enough light to see where you're going. Highly recommended.
    Jim DeBruycker
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