Study of bathroom ventilation fan performance trends for years 2005 to 2013-Data analysis of loudness and efficacy Academic Article uri icon


  • 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. Whole-house ventilation, which is defined as systems that supply and exhaust or relieve ventilation air for a residence, has been a mandatory provision since the announcement of IECC 2012. As a result, an increasing numbers of publications and standards are now addressing residential ventilation in terms of performance and efficiency. In addition, loudness is increasingly addressed in standards and guidelines, especially in the last decade as it is now considered to be a significant factor for certified performance ratings of ventilation fans. Because of the above interest in fan performance, this paper provides statistics of bathroom ventilation fan tests and their results for an almost decade-long period from 2005 to 2013. Also, the paper interprets these statistics with regards to the recent development of residential ventilation standards and guidelines. In order to investigate year-to-year changes, this paper first evaluates changes in loudness ratings for the test period 2005-2013, and its relevance to applicable standards, including ASHRAE 62.2. Then, noticeable transitions in loudness and efficacy in specific time frames are investigated. The test results of DC-motor high-efficiency bathroom fans are also compared to AC-motor fans. Relationships between performance variables and loudness are investigated, and formulated by developing regression models.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Choi, W., Pate, M. B., & Sweeney, J. F.

citation count

  • 5

complete list of authors

  • Choi, Wongyu||Pate, Michael B||Sweeney, James F

publication date

  • January 2016