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Exhaust Fan - Sones

Posted by snookums2 (My Page) on
Sun, Mar 31, 13 at 11:07

I have to replace the fan in the powder room. How many sones should I look for so there is some fan noise, so it's more comfortable for company? A little less public sound effects!

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RE: Exhaust Fan - Sones

If you go to Lowes they have a display set up with different sones levels so you can hear how loud the fan is. If you do want noise then I would get at least a 3 or higher. The quiet ones you can't hear are about a 1.5. Hope that helps.

RE: Exhaust Fan - Sones

If the fan isn't going to be nearly silent, then just buy the least expensive fan that you like the look of. They'll all be noisy.

RE: Exhaust Fan - Sones

Thank you!

(I had no idea they had noise samples in the store!)

RE: Exhaust Fan - Sones

You can't always trust the "sones" ratings I've found. like I recently had installed two Broan or Nutone fan/lights of the same design and shape, only one is rated at 1 sone and the other, about $20 less, is 1-1/2 sones. The 1-sone model is quiet as can be, a faint hum and whirr, but the 1-1/2 sone version is as loud and raucous as the cheapo 3-1/2 sone fans I've used..

RE: Exhaust Fan - Sones

Thanks lee. Not surprising to hear, really! lol

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