On Bathroom Fans and EFI Fan/Light Time Delay Switches

Category: Restore & Repair

That's a mouthful...but it's all we've got while we're waiting for our favorite electrician to arrive.

Needing a contractor during one of the busiest times in home improvement history has left us feeling a little like a wallflower at the prom.

We're here. The music's playing. And....no date. :(


BUT! Our ceiling vent fans that we chose for our bathrooms are FINALLY coming! Whoo hoo!


It's amazing what you get excited about when you're in the middle of a home renovation.

Yes, it's the Panasonic WhisperFit VF1 Ventilation Fan!!!

Okay. Whoop-di-do. That's what you're sayin'.

But WAIT! Ventilation of your bathroom, attic, kitchen...any space that can trap humidity is CRITICAL to saving your woodwork and keeping air circulation high. By not venting the bathrooms, the previous homeowners wrecked a lot of the room upstairs. But venting things without it being SUPER obvious? Also very hard.

There are a lot of BIG ugly noisy fans out there. Trust us.

These Panasonic fans are low profile and pretty quiet. If a normal conversation takes place at approximately 3-4 "sones" (that's how they measure it), you can get a fan that is quieter than 0.8 sones. Very cool.

And, what about the turning on and off of the fan? Our most excellent neighbor, K, reminded us that a fan is pretty useless unless you remember to turn it on and LEAVE it on until humidity is gone. Sometimes long after you've showered and dashed out the door. (She already plans on replacing their wallpaper this year in the bath. If you don't turn the fan on? It isn't good to the wallpaper.) And you don't want to waste energy.

So, A's reading of Fine Homebuilding paid off when he spotted this...

Installed >

...the EFI Fan/Light Time Delay Switch. ONE switch turns on a fan and separate light. But YOU can set the user controls to keep the fan running until the humidity in the room has reached a certain point, EVEN IF YOU TURN OUT THE LIGHT. Then it turns itself off.

We are big geeks. Oh well....

Both products came from Energy Federation Incorporated. Which needs to seriously work on its website shop. However, they sell some cool products, so we forgive them.

Save the planet. One bathroom fan at a time.

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Okay, remember when you laughed at me for getting excited over my minivan? paybacks are a bitch......and, welcome to my world. Next thing you know, you'll be analyzing poop in diapers. What comes around, goes around, sister!

Some said that the EFI Switch was very NOISY.
Did you find this to be true?

**Please replace NOSPAM with Yahoo for responses****

We hadn't noticed any noise. But I'll go check. Hold on.

Gosh. No noise at all. Not a click or a whirr. Just the VERY quiet fan. Maybe the EFI switch has improved on an earlier model?

Thanks for checking. Hope you didn't need to walk too far. Gee, you must have WiFi there. Even I haven't wired my john for ethernet. Hummmm. . . maybe after I install that EFI switch.



:) Nope! It's just that the house is that small! (Actually, the distance from the computer to the bathroom is that short. And we didn't even plan that out. Though it has it's advantages, now that you point it out...)


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