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Ventilation Fans

Last Updated: 01/03/17 Click to see brand name products that meet these requirements
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  • Federal agencies are required to purchase products as designated or specified under this program
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Life Cycle Cost Savings

For most applications, Energy Star-qualified ventilating fans have the lowest life-cycle cost. An efficient product is cost effective when the energy costs saved over the life of the product exceed the additional upfront cost (if any) of the more efficient model. Energy Star considers both upfront costs and lifetime energy cost savings when setting required efficiency levels. The Energy Star Program estimates that ventilating fans meeting the new version 4.0 specification can save consumers $100 over their lifetime. Federal purchasers can assume that Energy Star-qualified products are life-cycle cost effective.

Guiding Principles
Contributes to meeting The Guiding Principles for High Performance and Sustainable Buildings
Additional Guidance

Version 4 of the Energy Star specification for residential ventilating fans encourages a broader selection of Energy Star ventilating fans for consumers by allowing Energy Star partners more flexibility in lighting and (for range hoods) design, while delivering significantly greater fan efficiency.


The Energy Star Most Efficient program identifies the most efficient products among those that qualify for the Energy Star in particular product categories. Product categories were selected and recognition criteria were established to ensure that products that receive this recognition demonstrate efficiency performance that is truly exceptional, inspirational, or leading edge. There are Most Efficient criteria for both ventilating fans without lighting and with lighting.

Included products: Residential ventilating fans, as defined below, are eligible for ENERGY STAR® Most Efficient recognition in 2017. Residential Ventilating Fan: A ceiling, wall-mounted, or remotely mounted in-line fan designed to be used in a bathroom or utility room, or a kitchen range hood, whose purpose is to move objectionable air from inside the building to the outdoors. Excluded products. While included in the definition to keep consistency with the ENERGY STAR specification, criteria have not been established for the following products, and they are not eligible for ENERGY STAR Most Efficient recognition in 2017:  Range hoods

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