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Old 07-27-2022, 06:57 PM   #1
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Garage ventilation

I've got a 1 car attached garage and right now there's no ventilation in it so exhaust hangs arounds and with the heat right now the garage gets quite hot so I want to put in an in-wall exhaust fan. I figure I'll get my contractor who's doing work on my house to add this to the tab but wondering if folks have suggestions on what kind of fan I should be putting in. Do I also need an intake? Anyone using a wifi friendly or temperature based timer? Thanks
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Something like this would work:

https://www.homedepot.ca/product/bro...ft-/1001551230

You'll probably have enough air leakage that a dedicated fresh intake wouldn't be required, but would definitely improve ventilation even more.
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400cfm, Jesus

If I'm not mistaken, a normal car at idle, has like 50cfm exhaust, if it was on a dyno at 7000rpm, then maybe 500cfm
Also, the fan only needs to operate for a fraction of time while you drive in / out

If your garage is old, and "leaky" you don't need fresh air like great68 said

If it's newer, or properly sealed, and you put in that 400cfm fan, you are going to turn the garage into a vacuum without a fresh air intake

If you really want to go extreme, install a co sensor, as soon as it picks up your exhaust, it closes the 120v to the fan, and will auto operate. (Same as condos)

If the garage is heated, this is also a consideration, your heating bill will be much higher, with a larger fan operating longer times

Then again, if your hiring a guy to do this, he will have all your answers
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I'm going to bounce off of supafamous' thread (sorry sir!) and ask the question similar to his.

My fiancée has a Toyota Yaris that sat at her parents garage for 6 years. Her dad would occasionally fire up the car, maybe drive it around the block, but that was it.

We charged up the battery two weeks ago when we came back to visit after 2 years due to COVID and man, the car smelled like the garage. Had a drywall'ish musky smell in the HVAC system and interior. Any how, we got that sorted out, professionally cleaned and detailed etc. I don't believe there's any proper ventilation in the garage so I'm thinking whether or not we need some kind of vent/fan and circulation system going. It gets pretty damn hot in there in the summer so I suspect there's no air flow in there.

My soon-to-be-father in law will be dumping his old van soon an offered up the space to me for a hobby/collector car and it's something I'd like to consider. If so, I'd want the car to be in good shape and not smell like a damn garage for when I come back to visit. Any suggestions on this?
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Thanks all, sounds like something along the lines of a Broan-Nutone fan like one of these would work:

https://www.homedepot.ca/product/bro...ft-/1001559203
https://www.homedepot.ca/product/bro...ft-/1000108278

The first one on a timer probably does the trick - come home, run it for an hour and it should be good to go.
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I love a timer-based fan. Installed one on the main bathroom. Best thing ever.
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what's your exterior cladding? need to make sure you install and seal the through wall portion properly
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