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Cool Attic

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24 in. Belt Drive Whole House Fan with Shutter

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The cool attic 24 in. belt drive 2-speed whole house fan is designed for houses with 1,200 to 1,800 sq. ft. attics. It offers an efficient way to reduce cooling costs, while keeping your whole house more comfortable. It works by pulling fresh air in from the outside and expelling the warm air up into the attic and pushing it out through your attic exhaust vents. This unit requires a minimum of 8-10 sq. ft. of net free exhaust vent area to perform quietly and efficiently. Dual, self-aligning ball bearing mechanisms, and precision-balanced 4-blade aluminum fan assembly, contribute to quiet, reliable performance and longevity.

  • 2-speed, 1/3 HP, thermally protected PSC motor
  • CFM high and low ratings at 4600 and 3200
  • Joist-in and joist out installation option
  • White, powder coated, ceiling mount, automatic shutter with 95% plus closure
  • Decor-style, dual on/off high/low function white wall switch included
  • Steel venture for durability
  • Rough opening: 26 in. x 28 in. - outside shutter dimensions: 27-3/4 in. x 29-3/4 in.
  • UL/CUL listed
  • 10-year limited warranty
  • Whole house fans are designed for ceiling mount installations only, please do not purchase a whole house fan if you are seeking a fan for wall exhaust use
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Does anyone know if normal operation is for the fan to only turn on when speed switch is set to high?

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Just had this whole house fan installed and the installing is telling me that the fan will turn on only when the speed switch is set to high? When the switch is set to low and the power switch is turned on the fan doesn't turn on. Is this normal operation for this fan? I had a whole house fan in my previous house and it was able to start in low. The installer is ensuring me that it was installed per the mfg'ers instruction. So maybe I have a faulty fan?

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May 5, 2016
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I have the same fan as you do - installed it a couple months ago. It turns on from both low and high speed switch positions. Guessing that your switch is either wired incorrectly, or it's bad.
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@Trackman8: The problem was the belt was too tight. Once it was loosened it would start in low with no problem. I did contact the manufacturer and they recommended starting in low in order to reduce the strain on the motor at start ups.
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We had a pro install our fan and it starts up the way it should. (the wiring was quite a challenge, even for him). The switches are of ho-hum quality, maybe that is the issue. I always start the fan on high, then go back to low.I understand that this is less of a strain on the motor on start-up.This is all I can offer as advice. Good Hunting. Trackman8...
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November 3, 2015
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No. I use my fan on low most of the time. Check your wiring. The diagram shown is a rear view.
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November 2, 2015
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The fan does run in low speed after it's turned on in high speed then after it's running the switch is turned to low. After further research we loosened the belt and now it will turn on when the switch is first set to low. Problem solved.
Note to everyone, this is not a Heat Stream product. It's a Cool Attic by Ventamatic.
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November 1, 2015
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No, your installer is wrong. I start and run my fan on low most of the time.
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November 1, 2015
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No, this is not the normal operation of this fan.
Unless you are good with electrical systems you will need an Electrician to determine if the problem is with the motor or the fan. I would bet that the problem is in the switch. Some of the cheaper switches are known to fail out of the box.
What would need to be done is the switch would need to be pulled out of the mounting box, AFTER TURNING OFF THE
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No, this is not the normal operation of this fan.
Unless you are good with electrical systems you will need an Electrician to determine if the problem is with the motor or the fan. I would bet that the problem is in the switch. Some of the cheaper switches are known to fail out of the box.
What would need to be done is the switch would need to be pulled out of the mounting box, AFTER TURNING OFF THE POWER, and tested for continuity from the power side to the high and low wires to the fan. It could be a simple thing like they connected the power feed to the output wire and connected the fan wire to the input wire.
But again someone who has a good working knowledge of Electrical systems should look at it. It may cost you a few bucks but that way you will have a definite answer.
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October 31, 2015
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It is always possible that the fan or switch is defective, but honestly from what you have described it sounds like improper installation, specifically improper wiring. My initial guess would be the installer used 14/2 wire instead of the 14/3 wire required to run the fan on low and high.
See the attachment I have added. It is a very crude diagram The wire feeding the on/off switch should be 14/2. It Read More
It is always possible that the fan or switch is defective, but honestly from what you have described it sounds like improper installation, specifically improper wiring. My initial guess would be the installer used 14/2 wire instead of the 14/3 wire required to run the fan on low and high.
See the attachment I have added. It is a very crude diagram The wire feeding the on/off switch should be 14/2. It will have a black wire (hot), a white wire (neutral, shown on my drawing in gray), and a bare copper ground (not shown in my drawing). The wire running from the on/off switch to the high/low switch should be 14/2.
The wire running from the high/low switch should be 14/3 and will have an extra red wire in it. Red is also hot. This permits the high/low switch to feed a lower amount of power to the fan for the low setting (on the red wire, according to the instructions) and a higher amount of power for the high setting (on the black wire according to the instructions). If there are not two separate "hot" wires running from the high/low switch, then the fan will not run on two different speeds.
This can be easily checked by you by taking the cover plate off the box that your installer put the switches in. Look on the left and right sides of the high/low switch. If you do not see a total of 3 colored wires connected to the side terminals, two black and one red, then the installation is wrong. One side of the switch should have two terminals, both with black wires. The other side should have just one terminal with a red wire on it.
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Can this mount on wall and is this rain resistant
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While technically the unit could be mounted on a wall, it is not designed for such and would probably void any sort of warrant. It is NOT weather resistant. It sounds to me like you are looking for something more like an attic exhaust fan that mounts in the side wall of an attic. Those would be designed for a vertical installation and would be weather resistant.
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This whole house fan was not designed to be used on an exterior wall, and is not weather resistant. Please select another fan for these purposes.
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August 13, 2015
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On page three of the instructions... "The fan and shutter are designed for horizontal installation only - the louvers will not function in the vertical position. Decide whether you will use a Joist-In or Joist-Out installation."
No, this fan is not rain resistant.
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My instructions stated that the fan can be mounted only as intended-horizontally, and in a weatherproof area. This fan is not designed as an exhaust unit for garages,etc. Hope this helps..
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No, because it is intended for horizontal use it may throw the balance off, and it is not intended to be exposed to the weather. If you prefer a wall mount, then you should consider a gable style vent. Still, a ceiling-mounted whole house fan will provide the greatest amount of circulation, provided you have enough static venting in your attic to handle all that pressure. That just means you have to Read More
No, because it is intended for horizontal use it may throw the balance off, and it is not intended to be exposed to the weather. If you prefer a wall mount, then you should consider a gable style vent. Still, a ceiling-mounted whole house fan will provide the greatest amount of circulation, provided you have enough static venting in your attic to handle all that pressure. That just means you have to allow enough clear venting area to match the performance of the fan, otherwise the fan will be overloaded and wear out pretty quickly. It could even overheat and cause an electrical fire. Read Less
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No, the fan is for interior use only.
You would need to get a type with a cover/dome over it.
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Can a Master Flow 12-hour timer be used with this 24" whole house fan?

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Absolutely yes. I've installed 3 of these fans in my last 3 houses - complete with timers. Just install the timer in line with the hot (black) wire that's coming from the circuit breaker.
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From my own research, a number of different timer switches can be used, but according to the manufacturer, you are not supposed to use any variable speed rheostat. I know those are two different functions, but it's worth mentioning. I don't know the theory or a lot of detail behind it, but choose a switch that is not only rated for the Amps/Watts of the motor, but also the HP. The Leviton switch I found Read More
From my own research, a number of different timer switches can be used, but according to the manufacturer, you are not supposed to use any variable speed rheostat. I know those are two different functions, but it's worth mentioning. I don't know the theory or a lot of detail behind it, but choose a switch that is not only rated for the Amps/Watts of the motor, but also the HP. The Leviton switch I found was rated up to 1 HP. Many others I saw were only 1/4 HP as opposed to the 1/3 HP rating of the fan motor. Read Less
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You might want to seek the advice of a licensed electrician, however I will provide the following assistance to help you make a decision. The unit comes with two switches. The ON/OFF switch is a standard 15 AMP SPST switch. The LOW/HIGH speed switch is a standard 3 way switch. Although not directly related to your question, since you are asking about a TIMER and not a speed control device, page one of Read More
You might want to seek the advice of a licensed electrician, however I will provide the following assistance to help you make a decision. The unit comes with two switches. The ON/OFF switch is a standard 15 AMP SPST switch. The LOW/HIGH speed switch is a standard 3 way switch. Although not directly related to your question, since you are asking about a TIMER and not a speed control device, page one of the instructions states, "Do not attempt to use this fan with any speed control device". Finally, the fan was easy to install and works great. I run it on low since that seems to do the job for my house. I've lowered the attic temp 15 degrees and the garage 10 degrees, all during a 105 degree Texas afternoon. Good luck and have fun. Read Less
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As long as you replace only your on/off switch, while still retaining a high/low switch; you should have no problems using a Master Flow 12-hour timer with your WHF.
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We wanted a fan with a timer as well (I figured they all had them since I grew up in a house built in the 1960s that had one on a timer) but this particular fan comes only with an on/off and hi/lo switch. I used the Masterflow 12 hour switch in place of the provided "on/off" switch and we have had no issues. There are other similar timer switches out there, but read closely and make sure they are rated Read More
We wanted a fan with a timer as well (I figured they all had them since I grew up in a house built in the 1960s that had one on a timer) but this particular fan comes only with an on/off and hi/lo switch. I used the Masterflow 12 hour switch in place of the provided "on/off" switch and we have had no issues. There are other similar timer switches out there, but read closely and make sure they are rated for the juice that will flow through to the fan. Many are weaker and won't work (or won't last long) on a whole house fan circuit.
If you have basic wiring knowledge, following the instructions provided with the 12 hour timer should be easy for you.
Note, we still used the "hi/low" switch provided with the fan, but you could wire this so it just runs at the high speed and skip using the hi/lo switch. There is really not much difference between the high and low setting, at least not that we can tell.
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Any Timer should work as long as it is hooked up correctly. The timer needs to be installed in such a way so it turns on and off the power going to the speed control from the electrical Panel. This way no matter which speed is selected the fan will turn off and on with the timer.
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Can unit be installed on joists 24 inch on center?

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Yes. In the instructions, there is diagraming, showing the fan set up on the joists. To do this you must have another way to get the fan into the attic.
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Yes, it will. The instructions have you build a 2x4 frame and set it on top of the joists. You then set the fan on this frame. Next, you block off the two opening's forming a 24x24 inch box and remove the sheetrock. I chose to move mine several inches off center so I cut the joist out and reframed it in my garage. There were no wires in the way and easy access to the space above. Good luck and have fun.
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Yes this fan can be installed on joists 24 inch on center using the "joist out method" of installation. Note that some carpentry is required with the "joist out method" i.e. constructing a box situated between the fan and the louvers, as well as building a sill that the fan sits on top of. Hope this helps. Stay cool!
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Yes this will work on 24" on center joists, but you would probably want to use the "joist in" installation method. (It easier anyway because there is no cutting of joists and you end up with less rattle)
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Not sure,but since the fan frame is larger than the blade(24") ,maybe you would have to mount the fan centered on top of the joists. Before you begin,though,read the reviews on this unit. (Mine is labeled Trackman 8).Good luck.
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24" on center will restrict the total air flow thru the unit. But I don't think it will change the flow enough to be concerned with. The unit will have to sit on top of the joist, so you will have to insure that there is sufficient clearance above it. The real problem may be with the louvers. I think if you center them in the space it may just work. If not you will have to build a spacer on the ceiling Read More
24" on center will restrict the total air flow thru the unit. But I don't think it will change the flow enough to be concerned with. The unit will have to sit on top of the joist, so you will have to insure that there is sufficient clearance above it. The real problem may be with the louvers. I think if you center them in the space it may just work. If not you will have to build a spacer on the ceiling to allow for their movement. The space needed is over 24 x 24, I think it was 24 x 27. The actual sizes are given in the description. Don't forget that you have to provide power and switching to the unit. It will require a 2-gang box, power and control wires.
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Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Great Product Well worth the time to install. I wake up and flip fan on, pulls in morning air drop house to 75deg. August 16, 2016
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Flimsier than I expected, but not a bad value. The shutter is the worst part about the fan. It is extremely thin and will not keep out much air while its closed.It opens and closes just fine, it just wasn't designed to be air tight. There are no gaskets on it anywhere. You will definitely want to cover this up in the winter if you live in a colder climate! The main housing is made from relatively thin metal too. You can tell this was put together quickly without wasting any material- nothing on this is overkill. It is designed well enough though to work just fine. The pulleys lined up okay and it runs smoothly. I did add two extra bolts to the motor mounting bracket. Mine only came with two, and there are locations for four. June 19, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by great way to save on A/C bill These fans are a bit of project to install but worth the trouble in savings. If turned on at night when it is cool out--if it is cool out!--we find the house cools down to about 5 degrees above the outside overnight low. We close all nearby windows and have it draw the cool air through the downstairs. If we need to cool upstairs rooms near the fan we just crack those windows. If you are able to open your basement windows, even better, as that air is cooler. Once the outside temps start to rise in the morning, we turn off the fan and seal up the house for the day--including closing curtains and shades. This system doesn't work when the nights are hot, but there are usually quite a few cool summer nights (below 70) followed by hot days. We estimate that we save several hundred dollars a year with this. Important to remember: CLOSE the attic door or louvers before turning on the house A/C and seal and insulate the opening for the winter or you will lose some of that money saved. This replaces one that came with our 60+ year old house. It is more powerful than the old model, and because of the belt drive, quieter. August 23, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Everything a person with normal expectations would want This is not the Rolls Royce of ceiling fans. It is a ceiling fan that draws air through your house at a decibel level which is reasonable for a machine doing this job. My handyman took about 3 hours to install it and he said the directions were easy to follow. I use it almost every day. It does a great job. August 2, 2016
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Poor assembly The pulley on the fan was NOT tightened at the factory. As a result, the pulley slipped way out of alignment from the fan motor and the fan froze. I was able to get in the attic and fix it, but this should never happened in the first place. Pulley on the motor was not set right either, so I had to use a puller to remove it and set it properly. Fortunately this was done prior to installation. If you purchase this fan, make sure to check all set screws, nuts and bolts to ensure tightness BEFORE you install it. The fan does a great job and is relatively quiet compared to my last fan. July 5, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Missing Parts Got the fan in, carried it 90 miles to jobsite only to open box and find missing parts. Supposed to be a 2 speed 24" belt driven fan with switch and shutter. Only thing in box was fan and shutter. No switch, no belt, no paperwork of any kind. Pretty difficult for a belt driven fan to operate without a belt. Call HD and they called manufacturer 2 weeks ago, no one has called back and parts still missing.........not a very good way to conduct business...........not satisfied at all...........do not do any Internet business with Home Depot...if you do beware.......... July 5, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Bearings not seated correctly, pulley loose Fan came with loose pulley set screw, and bearing holders incorrectly installed at an angle which caused a repetitive noise until corrected. Thought I would have to remove and return which would have been a big bummer. Decided to disassemble both bearing holders and relock in place which corrected problem. Pulley set screw is buried hex type so be sure to check if you purchase this! All other hardware was on tight. Works well now. Instructions do say to check all screws but really! Got leg cramps in my 64 year old bod from installing in tight attic so get ready for the bengay ointment. June 19, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Too hot out to tell... I know its a great idea during times when it is a bit cooler outdoors---just been in the high 90s since installing so need to rely on central AC for now. July 26, 2016
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