Ventilation Fan with Light 80 CFM and 0.3 Sones from Ultra Collection
Not as quite as I thought
I bought this bath extraction fan because it was easy to install without having to get in the attic and because it was .3 sone. I will have to say, it was easy to install but it is not as silent as I thought it would be. I had to use a 4" duct instead of a 6" and I can hear the suction of air. the fan itself is quite but the sound of air flow is louder than I had wished. The tech people at Broan were helpful but I can still heard the noisy whoosh of air when the fan is on. All in all, its OK. But I wish it wasn't so loud.....
October 30, 2013
good, but had a little trouble installing
I bought this one to install in a ceiling for which I had no attic access. (It's hard to believe there aren't more fans available for access-only-from-below installation, but there are very few.) I had trouble installing the frame brace that comes with this fan, mainly because I had very little space to work in between the ceiling and the roof; there was another pipe there as well as lots of insulation I couldn't remove. I had to ignore their instructions that call for screwing in some screws from a direction OUTSIDE the frame, as it simply wasn't possible. But I got the brace in eventually, after which the containment box slipped in fairly easily.
The next problem was hooking up the exhaust vent. Broan assumes you have an existing stretchable exhaust tube that you can pull out and attach their fitting to, but I didn't. Mine was rigid, not stretchable. So I spent a couple of hours jerry-rigging a setup, with lots of duct tape, that eventually worked. It would have been nice to have a more flexible system for attaching to the existing duct.
The rest was straightforward, and the fan works fine. It's much quieter than our old fan. One thing I didn't expect: The light bulbs that come with it are very blue in color (very fluorescent-looking), and also have a special fitting, as they're not ordinary screw-in bulbs. Happily, there seem to be several models of these bulbs, including warmer-colored ones.
October 30, 2013