This is our detailed review of the Air Vent Inc. 53315 Gable Attic Ventilator. Overall those people who have bought this attic fan, have rated it overall with an 84% buyer satisfaction. For an attic fan, that is considered to be a high rating, and it comes in at number 2 on our top 10 list.
This one is suitable for an attic size of up to 1,500 square feet. If your attic is bigger than that, then this one will not do the job it was designed to do. Any size under that and this one performs really well.
For anyone wanting to buy one of these, then the technical specification is VERY important so we have included that just below.
There is one thing that is very important to understand. You may see this advertised as a whole house fan and it is most certainly not a whole house fan. This one does really well at getting rid of heat in the attic, but is not suitable as a whole house fan.
This fan should ideally be fitted in the gable end of the house. Many homes will already have a gable vent. If that is the case, then it may not be necessary to cut a hole to install this ventilator.
Air Vent 53315 Technical Specifcation
- Suitable only for an attic that is 1500 sq. ft. maximum
- Will shift 1050 CFM (Cubic Feet per Minute)
- 1/12 HP, 180W 3.2 amps
- Uses a 14" fan blade
- Measures 19 x 19 x 8 in
- Weighs 8.5 lbs
- Diameter of the motor 15"
- The motor is metal, the blades are stainless steel and the housing is made from a hard plastic
- Needs to be hard wired - has a break open hole to accept a screw-nut style electrical wire connection
- Should be mounted with a self closing (automatic) louver in a gable end, but can also be mounted in an almost horizontal position to be used in a roof
- Adjustable thermostat
What is the CFM Rating Mean in an Attic Fan?
Power vents are rated in CFM – cubic feet of air moved per minute. The higher the CFM, the more powerful the vent and the more air exchanges per hour it provides. To determine the minimum CFM required, multiply the attic square footage by 0.7.
For example if your attic measures 1,500 square feet then the CFM would be:
1500 square feet x 0.7 = 1050 CFM
You would then need an attic fan with a CFM rating of 1050 CFM
What Buyers Say About the Air Vent Gable Ventilator
We always like to include this important section in any of our reviews. In this section we summarise what buyers have to say about the product, after they have bought it, installed it, used it, and then taken the time to leave a meaningful reviews.
There are also some pretty useless reviews and we just ignore those as they add no value to your own buying decision. Here at "The Icy Spot" we try really hard to focus on the important things you need to know about the fans, rather than what the postman was wearing, or if he didn't close the gate properly.
When we summarised all of the online buyer reviews that we could find, the average buyer satisfaction score for this Air Vent fan was 84%.
When compared to other attic fans this one holds up really well. As long as you stick to the attic size of less than 1,500 square feet, this fan works really well.
Just below we have included a pros and cons table explaining what buyers had to say.
- 60% of all buyers gave this fan a full 5 star review
- Like any fan there is some noise, but most buyers said the noise from this fan was not intrusive
- Buyers said it was very good at getting rid of heat in the attic
- Buyers also said the thermostat is accurate
- Most buyers said there was little or no vibration
- 9% of all buyers gave this fan a bad review
- You may see this advertised as a whole house fan and it is not, so not the buyer's fault
- A few buyers received a faulty product and had to return it
- A couple of buyers said this was too noisy
Things You Should Know About this Attic Fan
Many buyers end up buying the wrong type of fan for their attic through no fault of their own. That is down sometimes to misleading marketing and also sometimes down to a lack of knowledge.
We don't want that to happen so we have included what we believe to be the really important information below.
Can You Fit This Fan Yourself?
If you are good at DIY and generally handy around the home, then yes you can do that. It does need to be hard wired into the electricity supply, so of in ANY doubt, then pay an electrician to get that done for you.
Working in an attic can be cramped and tight for space. It can also be dangerous if the attic is not floored, so you do need to be healthy and well.
Can It Be Fitted To the Roof?
This fan is designed to be fitted to a gable wall. It will work in a roof but that is not what it was designed for.
Can You Bypass the Thermostat?
Yes you can do that, but in all honesty, we would have no idea why anyone would want to do that. The thermostat could however by bypassed as long as you are electrically competent. You could then fit a switch instead and turn the fan on and off as and when you wanted to.
However the key purpose of an attic fan is for it to come on, when the attic hits a certain temperature, and this then cools the attic, and helps keep the home cool.
This in turn is what will save you money on your air conditioning.
How Does This Fan Work?
Like any good attic fan this blows hot air out of the attic via the vent. Some people have asked us if they can get a fan that would draw cooler air in from outside? You would never want an attic fan like that as it would draw in moisture, or damp air, and over time that would cause mold and mildew.
Our Verdict on the Air Vent 53315 Model
This Air Vent model came in at number 2 on our list. Priced at under $70 we do think that this is very good value for money. A competent DIY person will have no problem fitting this, but if in any doubt whatsoever, always get a qualified electrician to do this work.
It is quiet enough and it doesn't vibrate and combined you can be assured that the fan will not be noticed among the usual noise of any household. If noise is of a huge concern to you, then you can mount this on something like a foam tile which will reduce vibration to almost nothing.
The good news is that there are not that many complaints about this particular model. Those complaints that do exist are mainly from people who were misled into believing that this is a whole house fan.
Anyone who has used this for its intended purpose appear to be well pleased with it. The fitting of these types of fan do need to be done with care. Although it is not a complicated job, if in doubt get someone qualified to do this for you.
If you are going to do this yourself, then you will need a drill, some plywood to act as a mounting board, a tape measure, utility knife, pencil, hammer, nails, Philips screwdriver, adjustable wrench, and a wire cutter. We would also recommend wearing gloves and eye safety glasses.
It does come with a template which makes the actual mounting process very easy.
Generally speaking the vast majority of buyers are happy with their purchase. As long as it is installed properly, and connected up properly, this thermostatic attic fan will do a great job at keeping your attic cool, and your air conditioning bills down.