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Old 09-13-2013, 01:12 PM  
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Attic Fan Question

The Mrs. and I are getting an attic fan next week. Trouble is I don't know whether to get a direct driver or belt drive.

I hear belt drives are quieter but can require more maintenance. Are they that much quieter or is the difference negligible?
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Old 09-13-2013, 05:03 PM   #16
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I have one in my house. It works great. I can't use it a lot of the time because I have allergies, and it sucks pollen into the house.
Something that your attic fan has in common with Redrum's mother then. Of course, she sucks in an entirely different type of pollen than what you're talking about.
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Old 09-13-2013, 05:07 PM   #17
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Attic fans are made strictly to move hot air out of the attic. How are you guys pulling dust into your house?
Pulls the air through your windows.
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Old 09-13-2013, 05:11 PM   #18
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Attic fans are made strictly to move hot air out of the attic. How are you guys pulling dust into your house?
Whole house.


I put one in during my remodel.

I totally ****ing love it, but I don't have allergies either.
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Old 09-13-2013, 05:12 PM   #19
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And I get the belt drive kind, 48" iirc. Its a little loud on high, but it is also in my bedroom do I'm sitting close to it. But its manageable
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Old 09-13-2013, 05:12 PM   #20
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Attic fans are made strictly to move hot air out of the attic. How are you guys pulling dust into your house?
Dude, where you live that question is just not right .
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Old 09-13-2013, 05:14 PM   #21
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Attic fans are made strictly to move hot air out of the attic. How are you guys pulling dust into your house?
umm ... more air has to come from somewhere to replace the hot air leaving.

open windows = dust,pollen etc
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Old 09-13-2013, 06:22 PM   #22
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An "Attic Fan" is ran through a attic that is sealed off from the main part of the house.

A properly vented attic + attic fan = a big drop in attic temp which results in taking a load off of the A/C.

You are basically pulling 95-100 degree air into an attic that is 25-30 degrees hotter. Even with insulation it makes a huge difference.

How does dust get into the house when there is no air flowing through the living area of the house? Unless the house is leaking a ton of air there should be no air movement in the living area of the house.


A whole house fan is completely different. It vents air through the house upwards through the ceiling into the attic just as previously stated.
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Old 09-13-2013, 06:26 PM   #23
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Old 09-13-2013, 06:27 PM   #24
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An "Attic Fan" is ran through a attic that is sealed off from the main part of the house.

A properly vented attic + attic fan = a big drop in attic temp which results in taking a load off of the A/C.

You are basically pulling 95-100 degree air into an attic that is 25-30 degrees hotter. Even with insulation it makes a huge difference.

How does dust get into the house when there is no air flowing through the living area of the house? Unless the house is leaking a ton of air there should be no air movement in the living area of the house.


A whole house fan is completely different. It vents air through the house upwards through the ceiling into the attic just as previously stated.

There ya go , he's referring to a whole house fan then. And they will suck a pile of dust right thru the windows.
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There ya go , he's referring to a whole house fan then. And they will suck a pile of dust right thru the windows.
I'm being stupid. I need a Coors the size of an elevator bin right now.
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The belt drive on my attic fan was original from 1976 and badly cracked when we bought the house. It came up in the mechanical inspection. I bought a new belt in 2005 and waited for the old one to break, then replaced it this year even though the old belt was still working just to clear something off the todo list. So I don't know where they get this 'maintenance' thing that comes up. To be fair, the probably stopped making belts with the trans saturated fat/asbestos that they used to use in twinkies so this new belt might only last 20 years.
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