- 1 How Do Attic Fans Work?
- 2 Top 8 Attic Fans Comparison Chart
- 2.0.1 No 1 Choice – Broan 353 1020 CFM Gable Mount Powered Attic Ventilator
- 2.0.2 No 2 Choice – Air Vent Inc Gable Attic 53315 Attic Fan
- 2.0.3 Broan 356BR1600 CFM Roof Mount Powered Attic Ventilator
- 2.0.4 Broan 355BK 1200 CFM Roof Mount Powered Attic Ventilator
- 2.0.5 iLIVING Newest Automatic Gable Mount Attic Ventilator Fan
- 2.0.6 Cool Attic CX1500 Power Gable Ventilator Fan
- 2.0.7 Broan 35316 1600 CFM Gable Mount Powered Attic Ventilator
- 2.0.8 Durabuild 527S-DUB-106-BLK Roof Mount Solar Powered Attic Fan
- 3 Discover The Best Attic Fan
Why pick an Attic fan? Do you want a good cooling system without the costly investment?
Attic vent fans are designed to keep your house cooler in the summer by cooling your attic. Attic fans draw out the heat, that is trapped inside the attic, to create a buffer zone between the heated home and the outside air.
The closer the temperature in these buffer areas is to the outside temperatures, the less air loss you’ll have.
This can help lower energy bills and prevent moisture issues that can lead to damages to building materials in your attic and even the electrical work.
How Do Attic Fans Work?
There are three steps as shown below:
- They create a breeze through the open windows and doors. If the fans are the right size they blow out the entire volume of air in the house in about 3 minutes.
- They blow the hot air out from inside the house, especially upstairs.
- They blow out the very hot air trapped in the attic.
By doing this, they are able to cool down the entire home within minutes. By combining these with thermostats and humidistats, you can create a very effective system. By installing these you can really improve the ventilation and moisture within your home.
In this article we will be having a look at the best attic fans available in the market right now. There are certainly a good number of options available. These include some well known brand names like Broan, Air Vent and Durabuild. We have done a comparison table just below.
Top 8 Attic Fans Comparison ChartWe use average RRP You may be able to find these online at cheaper prices. The ratings used are measured out of 100% buyer satisfaction. These can change so make sure to check at the time of purchase
|Image||Fan||% Rating||RRP||Attic Size|
|Broan 353 1020 CFM Gable Mount Powered Attic Ventilator||82%||$89||Attics up to 1,630 square feet|
|Air Vent Inc. Gable Attic Ventilator 53315 Gable Attic Fan||84%||$69||Attics up to 1,500 square feet|
|Cool Attic CX1500 Power Gable Ventilator Fan||80%||$74||Attics up to 1,850 square feet|
|Broan 35316 1600 CFM Gable Mount Powered Attic Ventilator||80%||$123||Attics up to 2,280 square feet|
|Broan 355BK 1200 CFM Roof Mount Powered Attic Ventilator||78%||$139||Attics up to 1,715square feet|
|iLIVING Newest Automatic Gable Mount Attic Ventilator Fan||74%||$68||Attics up to 2,300 square feet|
|Broan 356BR1600 CFM Roof Mount Powered Attic Ventilator||72%||$125||Attics up to 2,285 square feet|
|Durabuild 527S-DUB-106-BLK Roof Mount Solar Powered Attic Fan||70%||$266||Attics up to 1,850 square feet|
These do vary in price a lot from around $50 all the way up to $250 depending on the exact type of fan that you need to put into your home.
No 1 Choice – Broan 353 1020 CFM Gable Mount Powered Attic Ventilator
Like the model above this is also a gable mount fan that can handle up to 1,630 square feet of an attic. It uses a 14″ blade and the motor on this one is really quiet.
It comes with an adjustable thermostat and is one of the easier models to install by yourself. The average time for installing one of these is between 20-30 minutes depending on your skill level and what tools you have.
Overall it is rated 4.2 out of 5 stars by buyers over at Amazon and that is a steady and consistent rating. It is easy enough to see why this one is considered to be the best seller.
The brand is well known, the price is sensible and has a nice steady and consistent rating by actual buyers.
No 2 Choice – Air Vent Inc Gable Attic 53315 Attic Fan
This is a very popular choice for many buyers. It has been designed to work with an attic space of up to 1,500 square feet. The Air Vent Company is a very popular and well known brand in the industry of ventilation and air conditioning.
This 53315 model is a very popular model in their range and buyers rate it with an average 84% buyer satisfaction. Priced at under $70, we believe that it is very good value for money.
The housing is made from a hard plastic which is robust and made to last. The all important blades are made from stainless steel, and the motor is made from good quality metal.
This model is pretty easy to fit on a piece of plywood, and the instructions that come with it are easy to follow.
Broan 356BR1600 CFM Roof Mount Powered Attic Ventilator
Another model from the Broan company. This one is however a roof mounted option and again a popular choice for many buyers. You will pay around $140 for this one depending on where you make your purchase.
This model has a cfm of 1,600 and can ventilate up to 2,285 square feet of attic space. Like many other attic fans this one also use the standard 14″ blade.
It has an adjustable thermostat and is also thermally protected. According to buyers this one is also easy to install, and indeed comes with an installation template.
Broan 355BK 1200 CFM Roof Mount Powered Attic Ventilator
This model from Broan again can clear up to 1,715 square feet of attic space. Like the one above it also uses a 14″ blade to create the ventilation.
Many of the Broan roof top style have similar features and vary only by how many square feet of space they can clear.
Buyers rate this one at 4.2 out of 5 stars and for around $120, this one represents really good value for money.
This one has the black dome style. It comes with an installation template to make fitting between the rafters an easy project to achieve.
iLIVING Newest Automatic Gable Mount Attic Ventilator Fan
This fan is a gable mounted fan and is decent value at around $85. It comes with a built-in thermostat and humidistat and has a cfm of 1,620.
This fan can cool down up to around 2,300 square feet.. It comes with the housing and four brackets for complete installation. The housing is 15″ in diameter.
The motor is thermally protected and permanently lubricated for long lasting performance.
Ideally though you will need to make some form of wooden housing to hold this one in place. Plywood is a good choice for doing something like that.
Again you can get an electrician to fit this and typical costs are around $150-200 to get that done.
Cool Attic CX1500 Power Gable Ventilator Fan
The cool attic gable fan remains the most popular choice for many buyers. This is mainly down to the affordable price point of around $60-65.
It would be hard to find one that is cheaper than this, but please do not let the price put you off the quality of this model.
Over 600 buyers rate this model at 4.1 out of 5 stars, so from that you should know that this is a good choice.
I have installed and used this one in many homes and always get good results.
It can handle up to around 1,850 square feet of attic space, and comes with an adjustable thermostat.
The only slight drawback with this one is that there is a bit of a hum from it, so not as quiet as some of the others listed here. In larger homes however this will not be noticed just as much.
Broan 35316 1600 CFM Gable Mount Powered Attic Ventilator
This particular Broan model uses a CFM of 1,600 and can clear and ventilate attic spaces of around 2,280 square feet. This is one of my favorite attic fans to install because it is so easy.
That is because it has a strong housing that adds considerable strength and it comes with the housing brackets.
This one also uses 14″ blades and is thermostatically controlled. It is a tad noisy but this can be greatly reduced if you use rubber pads against the wooden frame during installation.
You can also use a foam tile or a polystyrene tile when mounting it to the board. That works really well at absorbing the vibrations from the spinning blades, and that of course helps keep the noise down.
This is a pretty powerful fan and I would recommend it.
Durabuild 527S-DUB-106-BLK Roof Mount Solar Powered Attic Fan
This Durabuild model is the most popular in their range. It is also one of the most expensive on our list. That said it is a high quality attic fan that is popular among buyers.
This model can easily ventilate up to around 1,850 square feet and that should take care of most attic sizes. It uses an industrial grade 20 watt solar panel to power the 24 volt motor.
This model also comes with some good warranties on both the motor and the solar panel which should offer some good peace of mind.
According to all of the buyer reviews this fan is “ultra quiet.” If you have the right skills you can do this yourself.
To get someone in to do a full install will probably cost around $200, but that may be worth it to make sure it has been done properly.
Discover The Best Attic Fan
Many people confuse this with the “whole house” fan with the attic fan, but they are not the same thing, so just be aware of that when deciding on which type you need. Attic fans use an electric source and act as a ventilation fan to control and remove the hot air that exists in the attic space of your home.
Sometimes manufacturers advertise their attic fans as whole house fans, and that is misleading. Always double check to make sure that you have the right one for your needs.
Attic fans can either use a simple on/off switch to control the fans or more commonly they use a thermostat that automatically kicks in at whatever temperature setting is selected. The thermostatic control is always the better option in our opinion.
Rather than have to switch the fan on and off, it is much better if the temperature is automated, and then it will always keep your attic at a constant temperature, without you having to worry about it at all.
Below I have completed a quick attic fan buying guide and you can use that along with our Top 8 Comparison Table of the best attic fans available right now, to help make your decision as to which one is best for your needs.
A Quick Attic Fan Buying Guide
Attic fans can either be mounted on the roof of the home or alternatively on the gable of the home. Most people opt for gable mounting as it looks neater from the outside. It is also easier for those that don’t like heights or being on the top of a roof.
The most common method of wiring is to have an electrician hard wire these into the main supply for the home. Alternatively they can be plugged into a socket if any exist in the attic space. Those who care for the environment can also power these from solar panels on the roof. As attic fans are metal then they must be fitted properly and we would recommend using an electrician or at least seeking advice. The attic fans must be grounded in case of lightening strikes.
Another important thing to know when fitting a fan or fans in your attic or roof space is the actual size of the attic. When you buy a fan it should tell you what size it can comfortable cope with and cool down. It should say something like “cools attics up to 2,000 square feet.
To find out the size of the attic multiple the length by the breadth and you will know the size. For example a 50 feet by 30 feet attic would be 1,500 square feet.
We would recommend using an adjustable thermostat. This allows the user to be able to set and forget the fans and allow them to control the temperature that you want to have. As the weather and temperature changes you can then easily make a new setting quickly.
Attic Fan Reviews
When considering installing an attic fan we would recommend getting it done professionally unless you are a competent DIY person. If you decide to go ahead then you should read the instructions carefully and also follow them to the letter.
Careless work or work that is done incorrectly can cause fires and is just not worth the risk
How To Install A Roof Top Attic Fan
Here is a really good video on how to install an attic fan.
How To Install An Attic Gable Fan