Air Vent® 1/3HP Whole House Fan (54506)

Item no: 55288 | 0046388162244
$299.99
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  • 34" x 34"
  • 30" fan blade
  • 5700 CFM
  • 34-1/4" x 29" shutter opening
  • Cools 1900 sq. ft. max
  • Belt drive opening
  • 2 speed wall switch
  • Must cut joist to install fan
  • Must have 7.6 sq. ft. exhaust ventilation
  • Must have 30" clearance above fan blade
  • 10 yr. limited warranty
  • 5 yr. Replacement Plus Protection
  • UL listed


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Air Vent® 1/3HP Whole House Fan (54506)
 
4.2

(based on 12 reviews)

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90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Quality materials (6)
  • Good design (5)
  • Easy to use (4)
  • Quiet (4)
  • Good power output (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Large rooms (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Avid do-it-yourselfer (4), Casual do-it-yourselfer (4), Quality oriented (3)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Bang for the buck! - You can't beat it.

    Installed this fan in the central hallway of a 2400 sqft 1-story home near Portland OR. SO GLAD I bought a belt drive fan - WAY more quiet than I expected. You can...Read complete review

    Installed this fan in the central hallway of a 2400 sqft 1-story home near Portland OR. SO GLAD I bought a belt drive fan - WAY more quiet than I expected. You can carry on normal conversations directly under this thing on high. On low, around a corner, you'll forget it's running. Makes a breeze in any room with an open window. Bang for the buck - I'm giving this thing an "A".

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    whole hous fan

    This has been a great fan for a number of years, but after 8 or 9 years the louvers started breaking off. [...]

    This has been a great fan for a number of years, but after 8 or 9 years the louvers started breaking off. [...]

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    4.0

    Seems well built but motor undersized

    By Happy Home owner

    from Kansas City, Missouri

    About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Air Vent® 1/3HP Whole House Fan (54506):

        There are not a lot of choices in whole house fans and this one is, IMHO, the best of a so-so field of choices. The fan blade shaft is well mounted on a pair of heavy pillow block bearings and the motor mounting is relatively easy to adjust for belt tension. It certainly blows up a storm of air but the motor seems undersized for the job. If you don't watch your installation and make sure there is plenty of airflow, the motor will overheat and the internal thermal circuit breaker will trip.That makes it safe but ... it isn't blowing any air! We probably are a bit shy on attic vent area and we had to pin the inlet damper open so it would run continuously on the low setting. It does have a 10 year warranty which is good. We'll see over the long run and I definitely have to something about the dampers. As I said - probably the best of a bad set of choices!

         
        5.0

        Excellent product!

        By Steve

        from Walnut Creek CA,

        About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Good Design
        • Quality Materials

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Air Vent® 1/3HP Whole House Fan (54506):

            The cooling of the house was immediate!. The A/C would take 45 minuets to cool the bedrooms. In the evening this did it in 5 !!. Read the directions and carefully plan out where you are going to put it, then it's done on an afternoon! A little background noise. Mostly air moving. the fan sits on the floor of our little attic storage space 10" from the shutters. would have raised it more but roof clearance wouldn't allow it. the breeze in the house is priceless!! Sorry i waited so long to put it in!

            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            Average at best

            By Nick

            from Denver, CO

            About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use

            Cons

            • Cheap Materials

            Best Uses

              Comments about Air Vent® 1/3HP Whole House Fan (54506):

              I was disappointed in the construction and quality of this fan. First of all the shutters are plastic and make a lot of noise. There is no felt or gasket material to help seal them when they are closed. The wood frame of the fan was not square or flat so I had to fill in the gaps with foam.

              So far I am please with its ability to move air and cool our house. It has only been in for a week so I can't tell yet what the durability will be although I am concerned about the life expectancy of the plastic shutters.

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              It's SO quiet!

              By HooMom

              from Greenville, VA

              About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Design
              • Quality Materials

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Air Vent® 1/3HP Whole House Fan (54506):

                  Our whole house fan, which was direct drive, bit the dust last summer, and we could not find another one, so we bought a large window AC unit. I hated it. The fan went off, came on, over and over, and I found it awful for a good night's sleep. My husband, the fix-it man, installed this belt-driven fan, and we cannot believe how much air it moves and how quietly it does it!

                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  SO HAPPY TO HAVE FOUND THIS PRODUCT !

                  By Sandra

                  from Atwater, CA

                  About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Good Design
                  • Quality Materials
                  • Safety Features

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Air Vent® 1/3HP Whole House Fan (54506):

                      I searched high and low to find the best whole house fan for the money and feel fortunate to have found this one. I ordered it online to be delivered to the closest ACE hardware store, where the service was superb. It was delivered in 3 days and they called to advise of its arrive and even carried it to my car for me. I had this product installed in the hallway of my 2,000 sq ft home by my handyman. He said it was easy to install and it is super quiet to run. Am looking forward to the hot weather this summer just so I can use it ! Am looking forward to the savings on my electric bills, while I cool out a hot house with cool evening air before I go to sleep.

                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Great value for the money.

                      By jamar

                      from Shingle Springs, CA

                      About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Good Design

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Air Vent® 1/3HP Whole House Fan (54506):

                          Installation is straight forward. Comes with shutter assy, and two position (hi/low) switch. Moves a lot of air and is quiet. Comparable to units costing 3 times as much. Be careful when handling (use gloves) because sheet metal edges are very sharp.

                          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          Best choice

                          By Kirk

                          from Pleasant Hill, CA

                          About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Fast Results
                          • GREAT VALUE
                          • Quality Materials
                          • Quiet

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Air Vent® 1/3HP Whole House Fan (54506):

                              I researched many whole house fans and chose this one for price and quality of construction. It's very well made and works like a champ. Our house is very shielded and get hardly any evening breeze. The air may be cooler outside but we could never get any air flow with the windows open. The first time I turned this on a bunch of papers blew off the table from the air being drawn through an open window. We love it!

                              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              4.0

                              Good stuff!

                              By Julie

                              from Denver, CO

                              About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • Good Design
                              • Quality Materials

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Air Vent® 1/3HP Whole House Fan (54506):

                                  Was pretty easy to install. Seemed quiet enough, though we won't run it frequently til spring :)

                                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  3.0

                                  whole hous fan

                                  By James

                                  from Kingsburg, Ca

                                  About Me Professional

                                  Pros

                                  • Quality Materials

                                  Cons

                                  • Poor Design

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Inside

                                  Comments about Air Vent® 1/3HP Whole House Fan (54506):

                                  This has been a great fan for a number of years, but after 8 or 9 years the louvers started breaking off. [...]

                                  (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Great product and price

                                  By Peter

                                  from Sunnyvale, CA

                                  About Me Quality Oriented

                                  Pros

                                  • Powerful
                                  • Quiet

                                  Cons

                                  • Bulky

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Large Rooms

                                  Comments about Air Vent® 1/3HP Whole House Fan (54506):

                                  This fan was priced considerably lower than similar products at the time I was looking. I'm very happy with it overall. Quieter than expected--I don't mind the noise at low speed even in continuous use. Power is wired through the included 2-speed switch, which was an easier setup in my situation. That said, the package was missing two bolt assemblies for attaching the motor to the frame. Also, the picture shown--5 blade fan in black--was a completely different fan. This product is a 4 blade fan with bare aluminum surface.

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Personal

                                  (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  WOW! Much Quieter Than I Expected!!!!!

                                  By A Summers

                                  from McMinnville OR

                                  About Me Quality Oriented

                                  Pros

                                  • Powerful
                                  • Quiet
                                  • Stable Base

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Large Rooms
                                    • Small Rooms

                                    Comments about Air Vent® 1/3HP Whole House Fan (54506):

                                    Great product... Forget the 1900 sqft. limit. I use this fan to cool a 2400 sqft single story in Portland OR. Fantastic! I mounted mine in the entryway of my home; when it's on low, I can't hear it from around the corner. I used 2 layers of "Camper Shell" tape between the frame and the fan. I also built the frame out of 2x6's and capped it with 2x4's. Then, the fan. I have recommended this to everyone I know. I'm so glad I didn't purchase a direct-drive fan.

                                    • Primary use:
                                    • Personal

                                    (13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    4.0

                                    Bang for the buck! - You can't beat it.

                                    By A Summers

                                    from McMinnville OR

                                    About Me Quality Oriented

                                    Pros

                                    • Powerful
                                    • Quiet
                                    • Stable Base

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Large Rooms
                                      • Small Rooms

                                      Comments about Air Vent® 1/3HP Whole House Fan (54506):

                                      Installed this fan in the central hallway of a 2400 sqft 1-story home near Portland OR. SO GLAD I bought a belt drive fan - WAY more quiet than I expected. You can carry on normal conversations directly under this thing on high. On low, around a corner, you'll forget it's running. Makes a breeze in any room with an open window. Bang for the buck - I'm giving this thing an "A".

                                      • Primary use:
                                      • Personal

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