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Panasonic FV-11VHL2 WhisperWarm Ceiling Fan: The Swiss Army knife of ceiling fans

Panasonic FV-11VHL2 WhisperWarm Ceiling Fan: The Swiss Army knife of ceiling fans

Feb 20, 2012

Venting a bathroom is frequently an after thought for most people, and yet it can

Panasonic FV-11VHL2

Panasonic FV-11VHL2

dramatically effect the atmosphere and and joy of using a bathroom. Selecting the right vent can keep a bathroom odor free and eliminate mold and mildew issues that can accumulate from too much moisture, a result of showering and the steam. Panasonic makes some of the best bathroom vents on the market, and they are designed to last. I have installed a few of this particular vent model # FV-11VHL2 and I impressed with the features included with the unit as well as just how quiet the fan is when its running. My clients swear by these units after they have them.

The unit has several key features that make it worth the investment in a bathroom. The night light is perfect as a low level light to take care of business in softly light room. The standard light is on a different switch and can be used in normal circumstances. The unit also has a powerful heater that can be turned on to quickly warm the room during those cold months, perfect for when you get out out of the shower. Lastly the fan is quite powerful and moves 100 cubic feet per minute. The average bathroom has about 400 cfm of air so this unit can completely turn over the air within a few minutes time. Broan makes good fans and also a couple of models that can do this, but they are much louder and sound like a plane is in your ceiling. Comparing the Broan’s Model QTRE110FLT, it has the same air flow with a 1.3 sones, compared to Panasonic’s FV-11VHL2 .7 sones. That is almost double the sound level.

The unit is heavy so count on needing some help installing it. This is because Panasonic wanted a long lasting unit made of metal, not cheap plastics. They also used a larger fan so it can run quieter at lower speeds. And to make sure your bathroom doesn’t draw in cold air, they have added a damper to prevent back drafts.

I suggest you purchase a 3 function switch and a single switch or double switch ( for your main lights) to control this unit, otherwise you will have 4 separate switches taking up wall space just to operate this. The electrical installation is not hard, but the small box Panasonic gives you to put all the wiring inside the unit makes it challenging. Remember if you are installing a new set up you will need 4″ vent pipe, I like the semi rigid 8′ aluminum myself (not the vinyl type), and a roof vent such as Broans 4″ roof vent. You can use aluminum tape or metal collars, but do not use duct tape, it will come off within a couple of years.

 

Panasonic FV-11VHL2 WhisperWarm Ceiling Fan specs:

  • Panasonic WhisperWarm Ceiling Mounted Fan/Heat Combinations are smaller, quieter, warmer, and easier to install
  • A tubular, stainless-steel-sheathed heating element features Nichrome wire with magnesium oxide for optimal heat transfer
  • Blower wheel is designed to draw air in both sides allowing more area for air to enter the wheel
  • Continuous, trouble-free operation for many years due to high-quality components and permanently lubricated motors
  • Rated 110 cubic feet per minute
  • Over 34 Amazon consumers have given this a 4.5  out of 5 star review
  • 3 year limited warranty

Amazon offers this ceiling exhaust vent at a great price below  $251 and as always you can get free shipping, no tax in most states and enjoy their easy return policy.