Best Fan and Ventilation Systems

 Most Versatile Fan

Broan 655 Bath Fan with Light and Heater Combination

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  • Fan, light, and heater function can work independently or together
  • Two or three function wall controls are also available
  • Discreet designer white grilles complement almost any decor
 Best for Use in Bathrooms

Air King BFQ 90 Bath Fan

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  • Can handle continuous operation
  • UL listed for installation directly over a tub or shower
  • Durable, high-impact housing for quiet operation and better performance
 Best for Cooling Electronics

AC Infinity AIRPLATE T3 Fan System

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  • Specifically designed to cool cabinets with electronics with minimal noise
  • Automated programming and self-adjusted cooling make this fan easy to operate
  • Six fan speeds cover all your needs

5 Best Fans

  • Broan 655 Bath Fan with Light and Heater Combination

    Most Versatile Fan

  • Air King BFQ 90 Bath Fan

    Best for Use in Bathrooms

  • AC Infinity AIRPLATE T3 Fan System

    Best for Cooling Electronics

  • Broan-Nutone 8664RP Exhaust Fan

    Best Easy Install Fan

  • Hurricane Fans 435 CFM Inline Fan

    Best Low Noise Fan

Fan and Ventilation Safety

With improvements in home construction and building material efficiency, proper ventilation is now more important than ever to ensure that your home is a safe and comfortable place. Without proper ventilation, you risk moisture buildup that can result in the growth of mold, mildew and other potentially dangerous contaminants in your home.

Proper ventilation can also help remove allergens, harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and even cooking vapors (like from that pizza you forgot in the oven).

When it comes to choosing a ventilation system, there are several things to consider. You’ll want a unit that has the appropriate cubic foot per meter (CFM) power to clear the humidity from the area you’re going to install it in. You’ll also want to consider the sones rating of the unit, which is how loud the fan will be. The higher the number the louder the fan. You can also choose from models that have a light or heater built in to them depending on your needs.

Here are 10 of the top fan/ventilation systems.

The 10 Best Fans

Most Versatile Fan

1. Broan 655 Bath Fan with Light and Heater Combination

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This 3-in-1 unit works as a heater, fan and light to provide an ideal ventilation system in your bathroom and is compatible with 3-way switches. You can run each component of the system independently or all at once.

Stand-out features include

  • Unit installed in ceiling so only white grille and light are showing
  • Works in bathrooms up to 65 sq. ft. in size
  • Fan, light, and heater combination make this unit multi-functional
Best for Use in Bathrooms

2. Air King BFQ 90 Bath Fan

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This easy-to-install high performance bath fan features a snap-in mounting system that provides an excellent air flow exchange at a reasonable price. It’s also Energy Star rated and UL certified. The special snap-in installation makes it easy for even a DIY’er to use.

Stand-out features include

  • Snap-in installation system makes it easy to install in-ceiling
  • Comes with a back draft damper for quieter operation and draft protection
  • Plastic housing is perfect for high moisture areas
Best for Cooling Electronics

3. AC Infinity AIRPLATE T3 Fan System

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This ventilation system isn’t your typical unit – it’s meant to help keep your valuable electronics cool and working properly. It features a quiet fan system with a digital controller with backlit LCD display that can power up to four fans.

Stand-out features include

  • Classic brushed black metal finish
  • On board processor provides digital read out of cabinet temperatures
  • Includes thermostat and fan speed control as well as SMART energy saving mode

4. Broan-Nutone 8664RP Exhaust Fan

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Unlike traditional fan and light combinations, this unit offers a round design which eliminated the need for squaring with your room’s walls and helping to simplify installation. Quick and easy installation, it is retrofit and compatible while working with several Broan multi-function and time control wall switches.

Stand-out features include

  • Can add up to a 100-watt incandescent bulb to provide enough light for any task
  • Quickly defogs mirrors in bathrooms up to 95 sq. ft.
  • Can be positioned in virtually any location while still blending in with the existing decor

5. Hurricane Fans 435 CFM Inline Fan

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This commercial-grade, high performance inline mounted fan packs a powerful punch at 435 CFM and is made from a durable powder coated steel to provide years of reliable operation. The high quality UL components also allow the fan to operate as quietly as possible. Available in a variety of sizes to suit your needs.

Stand-out features include

  • Can be used for exhaust or intake
  • A quality product made of steel material and durable powder coated finish
  • Comes with an 8 ft 120 volt power cord

6. Hydrofarm Active Air In-Line Fan

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This compact inline fan offers high performance at a reasonable price, thanks in part to its powerful 400 CFM rating and quiet operation. Durable, ceramic coated metal housing will provide many years of reliable operation.

Stand-out features include

  • Great value and performance for the price
  • Sealed for life bearings won’t require any lubrication
  • The durable ceramic-coated metal housing is built to last

7. Hunter Riazzi Bathroom Exhaust Fan with Light

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This stylish bathroom exhaust fan also has a built-in light to provide double-duty in your bathroom. It boasts a powerful 110 CFM rating and features an integrated night light for added safety in the dark.

Stand-out features include

  • Has a stylish architectural cast beaded design and elegant cased glass
  • ETL damp listing means you can use it over a shower or tub
  • Reduces excess moisture and circulates air to ward off odors

8. Panasonic FV-11VQ5 Mounted Fan

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Available in single, dual or triple packs, this ceiling-mounted fan features a double hanging bar system to help you find the perfect mounting position. The Energy Star qualification will help you save electricity, and the 32 watt bulb and 4 watt night light provide plenty of light to get around by.

Stand-out features include

  • Simple installation with the exclusive, detachable dual duct adapter
  • Energy Star qualified
  • Suitable for bathroom installation

9. Broan 690 Bathroom Fan Upgrade Kit

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This bathroom fan upgrade kit is a quick and economical way to upgrade your current bathroom fan with no rewiring and no new duct work in as little as 10 minutes. No special tools are needed and the instructions are hassle-free.

Stand-out features include

  • Reduces sound by up to 50 percent
  • Mount plates fit most fans
  • Improves airflow by up to 20 percent

10. Broan 678 Ventilation Fan and Light Combination

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Depending on your ventilation needs, you can choose from a 50 CFM and 2.5 sones-rated unit or 70 CFM and 3.5 sones version. The classic design of this fan and light combo features a permanently lubricated motor to provide many years of operation.

Stand-out features include

  • Easy to install for DIY’ers
  • UL listed for use over bathtubs and showers
  • Exhaust fan helps reduce moisture, odors, and mildew up to 45 sq. ft.

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