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Recommend any good timer switch for bathroom exhaust fan?

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Recommend any good timer switch for bathroom exhaust fan?

Hi guys,
Looking for option on a good timer switch that can be used for bathroom exhaust fan.
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Was looking into this yesterday, id probably go with Lutron.

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I use a wemo switch. I put a rule in the app for it to turn off after 'x' minutes. You can also set a different rule for a long press of the switch.
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jrees wrote: I use a wemo switch. I put a rule in the app for it to turn off after 'x' minutes. You can also set a different rule for a long press of the switch.
Check the load of your fan motor before you try this one. I bought it but my fan motor uses less current than the minimum this timer needs to run properly...just kept turning on and off my fan constantly.
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jrees wrote: I use a wemo switch. I put a rule in the app for it to turn off after 'x' minutes. You can also set a different rule for a long press of the switch.
An occupancy sensor would be a better choice. I use a Lurton switch rated to handle the fan

https://www.homedepot.ca/en/home/p.maes ... 15148.html

The fan continues to run as long as someone is in he bathroom and moving. The fan shuts off after 15 minutes of no occupancy

I have lights in the powder room on a similar occupancy switch that shuts off after 1 minute. The main bathrooms have automation switches because I don’t want the light to turn on automatically at night. These lights turn off after 20 minutes after being turned on.

Using an automation switch is not practical for a fan. What if you take a 20 minute shower? You would need to turn the fan on again
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I used a Leviton 6260m.

I liked the time intervals available, which included 60min.
Some only have 30min max.

It is simple one button push of the interval desired, and not multiple pushes to select.
I bought it at Canadian Tire, I believe.
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wrcfocus wrote: I use this in the bathrooms. Not as sophisticated as what jumran recommended though. Decora preset timer
I installed 3 Leviton timers in my home and they all started to buzz after a year. I then switched to Lutron timer and it’s been very quiet.
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By the way, be careful with keeping the fan on too long.

During the summer, all you're doing is drawing in hot air from outside and your AC has to work longer to cool that air.

In the winter, you're drawing in cool air.

It's a better idea to either keep the door open, and let the humidity spread. Or open the door afterwards and keep the fan on for 5/10 minutes after you're done.
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jrees wrote: I use a wemo switch. I put a rule in the app for it to turn off after 'x' minutes. You can also set a different rule for a long press of the switch.
When evaluating the Wemo option also I encountered these two:

In-Wall: https://shelly.cloud/shelly-sense/

Outside Wall/Mount Below Switch: https://www.amazon.ca/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_ ... k%3Asonoff

Both cheaper and more versatile than wire-switched physical switches, retains the ability to physically break circuit. Only downside is liability and code thus this must be DIY.

Neither offers the ability to relocate switches anywhere, i.e. wifi remote with power source or battery life. But the physical switch is still there.

Any thoughts? or Wemo is still the better way to go smart?

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