Builder's Corner: Ultra-Quiet Ventilation with LED Lighting

2013-12-28T10:15:00Z Builder's Corner: Ultra-Quiet Ventilation with LED LightingMichelle Krueger Times Correspondent
December 28, 2013 10:15 am  • 

It takes effective ventilation to remove moisture and circulate fresh air in the most humid room in your home – the bathroom. Excess moisture left in the air can lead to peeling paint and unsightly stains as well as encourage the growth of mold and mildew.

If your bathroom window is often covered in condensation, chances are there are mold and mildew spots on the ceiling plus some fairly strong, lingering odors. If the fan in your bathrooms is old, noisy and/or ineffective at eliminating moisture, it’s definitely time to consider a replacement.

A popular feature in new home construction, Panasonic’s WhisperGreen® line of ventilation fans continues to evolve. The latest models feature LED technology as the light source.

“The LED models include all the advanced features that builders and contractors have come to love about WhisperGreen, including a super-efficient DC motor, built-in variable speed controls, delay timer, and SmartFlow® Optimum CFM technology,” Patricia Monks, Product Manager, Panasonic Eco Solutions North America, said. “At Panasonic, we are committed to building and enhancing industry leading products that will make it even easier for contractors and builders to provide their customers with eco-friendly solutions for a cleaner, more comfortable indoor environment.”

Just like the rest of the WhisperGreen line, these fans are designed to run at low speed continuously and will boost to high speed by sensing motion or flipping the wall switch. In addition, all Panasonic WhisperGreen fans include a built-in ‘delay off’ timer that will keep the fan running at high speed after the occupant has left the room. This allows all the excess moisture to be evacuated, reducing the likelihood of mold forming.

The latest models combine two life-long technologies into one energy efficient fan/light solution. Utilizing only 7.5 Watts, the 80 CFM WhisperGreen LED FV-08VKSE3 and FV-08VKME3 are more energy efficient than ENERY STAR standards, and the 12-watt LED light engine with a one-watt LED nightlight provides warm, energy-efficient illumination. LED bulbs in general use about 75 percent less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs and last at least 35 times longer.

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