The exhaust fan in the guest bathroom hasn’t really worked well ever since we bought the house a couple of years ago. It makes a horrible noise and I’m honestly not even sure if the fan actually turns. My toddler is starting to potty train and he accidentally turned the fan on last week and the noise scared him. Now he’s to scared to go to the bathroom if the light is off because he doesn’t want to accidentally turn the fan on. For now, I’ve disconnected the switch and capped off the wire. I want to replace it before it starts getting to hot to work in the attic.
Since I have a Sense, I’m naturally concerned about saving energy. So even though I’m sure a bathroom exhaust fan doesn’t turn on very often or consume a ton of power, I know it’s something that will be used consistently for many years. I’ve just been casually browsing the web and I see some that claim to use only 6.5W and some that use up to 100W. That’s a big difference.
So I’m wondering if anyone has any feedback about their exhaust fans in regards to
- How much power does yours use?
- Has it/they been detected by Sense?
According to what I’ve read online, to be effective it should be able to exhaust the whole room’s worth of air 8 time in an hour. For this room, that comes out to 52 CFM. There are other factors I’m taking into consideration as well. Things like how loud is it? Does it have any other features?
Also… I know pretty much nothing about motors. What should I look for? What should I avoid?