Rated 4.2 out of 5 by 117
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by TheHandyMan Mounted it Vertically
Here are some shots of the (Gable) Attic/Garage Fan that I installed in my attic above the garage.
My main goal was to cool down the garage on hot summer days. It gets to be over 100 degrees. God knows what it is like in the attic above the garage. Probably 130-180?
I calculated that I need appx. 400CFM to cool down the garage. The fan is a 1650CFM gable fan. The fan is 15 inches in diameter. So I was able to run two 6” semi-flexible ducts off of it comfortably. One to go to the ceiling of the garage and the other to a little shy of the attic floor with an elbow. (I did not want it to suck out the loose insulation from the attic and blow it all over the neighborhood). I figured with all of the restrictions that should about do it around 800CFM and less each duct.
I mounted a 6” under eve vent in the ceiling of the garage between the door opener and a light. I mounted the gable fan vertically to vent out the ridge roof vent and not horizontal as it was designed.
In order to make it quieter, reduce the vibration and seal off superfluous air flow, I slit a piece of ¾ “ caulk saver foam ½ way through and silicone mounted it to the top and bottom of the fan. The fan is completely enclosed and baffled to direct all the air out the ridge vent and not blowing around in the attic.
The fan is mounted to a ¾” 2’x2’ piece of plywood, while the baffles are 1/2” plywood. All of the cross members are mounted on plain old 2x4’s.
This was an easy approach as the roof joists are on 24” centers.
Power was easy to get to, I just ran a line from the single duplex box that the garage door opener was plugged into.
The fan draws less than 4 amps so I ran 14/2 Romex to an switched (on/off) cover plate that I installed a 15amp circuit type fuse. This way I can always shut it off if I need to and if the circuit breaker trips, I can always reset it after determining the problem.
So in testing it, it runs great and quite with very little vibration. The draw at the ceiling can support and empty plastic garbage. Maybe I have to put in some vents in the garage door for make-up air or just open it a little so it does not suck the cool air out on the house. I can also add dampers to the 6” extensions to throttle down the draw but I would rather like to run full throttle open.
So in conclusion, I set the thermo for 100 degrees and we shall see what happens.
Enjoy the pics!!!!
February 28, 2016
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Geno So far so good
Fan was packaged well and there were no defects visible. Installation was easy enough. After install I went to turn the fan on and it wouldn't start. Found the thermostat was stuck and after a sharp rap with the end of the screwdriver it started to work. A little worrisome on that front but it seems to be working fine. There is a squeaky noise that you can hear from outside but the overall noise inside is negligible and the fan is installed over my bedroom. It is a good value for the money considering the amount of air it moves and the low amperage it is rated. I would buy another.
May 24, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Clubdjay Easy To Install & Priced Right
We've been intending on purchasing this for some time now. We finally did and are very happy with the fan. Now granted, this is only our first night with the fan, but we do notice the difference already.
1. The fan is not tough to install. You will need to provide your own screws for mounting though. Easy enough to use the screws of your existing attic fan. It takes about 30 minutes. RECOMMENDATION: If you are installing this fan during spring or summer, do as much of the assembly as you can before going into the attic. Your attic is probably hot, and wherever you can assemble it (by not being in the heat) will probably be better.
2. The fan runs quiet.
3. We installed the fan at 6:00 pm (in the summer) and the temperature was over 100 degrees in the attic. By 11:00 pm, the temperature was down to 80 degrees. Withing a couple of hours the temperature was down to 90 degrees. The attic was bearable again!
Not too sure why we did not purchase this sooner. I am guessing that our A/C cost be reduced. This is just night #1 so we shall see.
I would recommend this attic fan and I hope your experience is as flawless as ours!
July 28, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Paul2037 Great Gable Vent Fan
I used this to replace one that was at least 35-40 years old and the thermostat had broke and the fan was noisy. Happy to report the new one runs great, makes a huge difference in the heat and moisture in my attic I don't hear it at all and helps bring the house temp down. I started to monitor it after our home seemed much hotter than before. That was when I realized the old fan had stopped working and we had some really high attic temperature readings 130 degrees and up range. Since putting it in the highest tempurture reading has been 118 degrees. The fans set to turn on at 105. I would suggest installing early in the morning, or on a cool day if you can. I wanted to get it in and running so I just did it. Setting up another fan to give you some air relief while you work could be a good idea. I think I lost 5 lbs installing it as it was really hot in the attic the day I did it. Installation was easy ,the hard part was just moving around and working in the attic. I would say it took me about 1 hr to install.
June 10, 2015
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Greg Not Good
It came bent so when it started it made all kinds of racket. Cheaply made.
May 24, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by esae Quik shipping.
This attic fan was fairly easy to install. Just followed the instructions and did not have any problems. My attic is now kept at a normal temperature. It really blows out the hotness in the attic. I am very pleased with is product.
May 17, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Gigi Great Purchase
This was the perfect fit for what we needed without the hassle.
May 18, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by mech145 Great money saver
Installed in about four hours. Next day could tell that my air conditioner was working less and the upstairs was staying cooler. Next light bill dropped twenty dollars over same month last year. Is a great investment
September 6, 2014