I have an east facing garage and receive full sunlight till late noon. Plus, when there are two cars which have come home with hot engines, doesn't help the already hot garage! I'd always wanted to vent the garage of the hot air and car exhaust fumes for a number of years. Didn't find anything that fit the bill in terms of moving air and being relatively quiet. After installing the fan, it moves a ton of air, cools down the garage by pulling in ambient air - it brings the temperature down to ambient outside temperature & vents out the exhaust fumes from the cars.
- AC Infinity Shutter exhaust fan
- GE ZWave outdoor outlet
- Fibaro door/window sensor 2 (with temperature)
I already had the Fibaro door/window as a way to monitor my garage door, so being able to use the temperature readings from the sensor is a plus (yes, the fan comes with it's intelligent/programmable controller, but that doesn't serve my needs. I use the controller to set the fan speed and that's about it. The controller has power off memory, so when the Zwave plug turns the fan on, it retains the fan speed memory to perform the action). Rule machine takes care of the periodic venting from the garage. It also vents the garage when ever the garage is opened and then closed - the thought is to vent out all the car exhaust from lingering around in the garage! The net result is now the garage is closer to the ambient outside temperature, rather than being an oven!
The AC infinity fans are relatively quiet, and move a ton of air. Check the CFM ratings (Cubic Feet per Minute) before you select a fan. That is the amount of air the fan can move in a minute. That should correspond to the size of the room you are trying to vent and how long you will need to have the fan on, to ensure that all air in the room is vented out. It has metal shutters, which get weighed down in the event of an external wind or rain - keeps rain & bugs out.