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    Is it okay to put plugs on attic fans and then plug them into a switched outlet?

  • #2
    Re: Attic fans

    I don't know if its okay...but mine is not like that...and all the ones I have seen are not like that....they are all hardwired...I know that don't help much.....
    Poor Planning On Your Part Does Not Constitute An Emergency On My Part!!
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    • #3
      Re: Attic fans



      If you are talking about "Attic Fans" as in either gable vent or roof mounted, the ones I have are hardwired in and have their own thermostat and humistat (sp) that come on automatically according to the settings I set. Therefore there is no need to have them on a switched line. I think it would be a real pain to have to remember to turn them on and off all the time. Just my 2ยข.


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      • #4
        Re: Attic fans

        He may be talking about a whole house ventilating fan mounted in the ceiling joist bays below the attic in which case a switched receptacle could be used.

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        • #5
          Re: Attic fans

          Originally posted by killavolt View Post
          He may be talking about a whole house ventilating fan mounted in the ceiling joist bays below the attic in which case a switched receptacle could be used.
          We had to replace our roof due to hail and the existing roof vent fans were trashed. I thought that I might save some attic time by pre wiring with plugs and then just plug the replacements into the existing outlet that's up there.
          Turns out I just hardwired them today when the roofers put the new ones on the deck. Wow it was hot up there. Thanks for the responses.

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          • #6
            Re: Attic fans

            I have an electric attic fan.
            I have it wired to an on/off switch down in the utility room.
            This way, I can shut the fan off completely during the winter
            I can turn it on during the summer and rely upon the thermostat
            to turn it on/off as needed.

            I believe my fan is hard wired into a box. then the wire is routed to the on/off switch.

            Having a switched outlet up in the attic is another option.

            Cactus Man

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            • #7
              Re: Attic fans

              The only reason I would have it switched or connected with a plug/outlet (and I would) is to make it easier for replacement. It's just safer for the electrician or whoever is replacing it to be able to completely disconnect power.
              Ideal Plumbing

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              • #8
                Re: Attic fans

                It's perfectly compliant and some might argue the disconnect (switch) is required if no receptacle is provided.
                Licensed Electrician

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