Bathrooms typically need three things: heat, ventilation, and light. Because of their smaller space, providing all three of these needs can become a bit of a problem. Fortunately, all three needs can be accommodated in a single 3-in-1 unit. A 3-in-1 unit that should be taken into consideration for installation in your bathroom is the Broan 655.
The features and benefits of this particular unit will be examined in this review. Along with them, we will look at the pros and cons attached to this heater as well as examine what users who have already installed the unit in their homes have to say about it. To wrap things up, we will provide you with some additional tips on how to choose the right ceiling mounted 3-in-1 heater for your bathroom as well.
About BROAN 655
Fulfilling all three needs of a bathroom through the installation of a single unit and a single switch is one of the distinct advantages of the Broan 655 Heater/Vent/Light. With more efficient heating and cooling systems in homes today, providing the necessary heat, ventilation, and lighting for a bathroom is still something of a challenge. Ceiling units like this one are a common answer to this challenge and this unit meets that challenge well. It is built to last, is easy to install and provides exactly what you need it to provide in a bathroom of up to 65 square feet.
It is difficult to discuss this unit without taking a quick look at its features, which include:
- A 70 CFM ventilation fan.
- 1300 watts of heating power.
- 100-watt capacity lighting.
All three of those features are installed together in a single unit and controlled by a single switch. It is UL listed and safe to use while in the room or not in the room, so you can use it worry-free. Moreover, it has two blower wheels to deliver quiet heating or ventilation to help remove the steam and moisture in the air. It utilizes anti-vibration mounting for a clean fit and quiet operation. It has a snap-in lens cover which allows you to easily replace burned-out bulbs.
This unit is a great response to heating, ventilating and lighting a bathroom where there is a limited amount of space for installing multiple units to take care of these three needs.
What People Say about BROAN 655
The majority of users loved the overall performance of this unit. Several users preferred the ease of installation, one citing that it took less than 30 minutes to replace an older unit. In addition, they could complete the installation without having to go up into the attic. Many users liked the amount of heat that came from this unit and felt like the quiet operation of the heater fan, as well as the exhaust fan, were major pluses. The convenience in a limited space was also a positive point mentioned by some users.
Where some felt like the unit was quiet, those who didn’t like it said it was too loud. Some users did not like that they had to install a dedicated circuit to accommodate this unit without blowing breakers. One user disliked the limited amount of space in the wiring compartment as well as the small amount for tucking wires back into the compartment when you finish the installation. Additional negative comments had to do with various shipping and individual unit issues.
How to Choose a Ceiling Heater for Your Bathroom
Since there are three different units that come in one 3-in-1 unit, you really have to look at each aspect individually when choosing one. Let’s take a brief look at those aspects:
- Heat Output. When it comes to heat output, a simple formula is to consider that every 100 watts heat 10 square feet of space. Choose the proper wattage to accommodate the size of the room. Most bathrooms are less than 100 square feet, so anything over 1,000 watts will typically work well in most bathrooms.
- Light Output. Incandescent or halogen bulbs are common in most models. Those with a refracting lens behind the bulb will provide better light than those without it. Many newer units come with LED globes, which are brighter, more energy efficient and will last longer.
- Exhaust Fan Output. Removing steam from the mirror so you can see when you get out of the shower is only one function of a ventilation fan in a bathroom. It also helps to remove moisture and prevent the growth of mold and mildew on bathroom surfaces. You will need approximately one CFM (cubic feet per minute) of exhaust to accommodate every square foot of your bathroom to move enough air to accomplish this task.
When you look at each of these aspects of a 3-in-1 unit separately, you get a pretty good idea of the overall requirements you need from the combined unit. Once you know what your bathroom requires, you can choose one that fits all three needs.
Heating, lighting, and ventilation are all needs in a bathroom. When you have limited space, one of the best solutions to providing all three of these requirements is to install a 3-in-1 unit like the Broan 655. Our review has pointed out the features and benefits of this 3-in-1 unit while looking at the various pros and cons you might encounter and examined what other users had to say about this particular model. Finally, given our tips on selecting the proper 3-in-1 unit for your bathroom and the features of this model, you should be well enough informed to make a qualified decision on whether or not this unit fits your needs.