Can a Whole-House Fan Keep You Cool?
Staying cool in the summer can be a challenge – both physically as you cope with the heat and humidity, and financially as you try to figure out how to save money on cooling costs without sacrificing comfort. Because let’s face it, with rising utility costs, running your central air 24/7 can be a costly endeavor.
Yet many homeowners fail to realize they have a great cost-saving solution right under their nose – or rather, above their head. Read on to learn about the many benefits of using your whole-house fan as an alternative means to keep cool.
A whole-house fan works by drawing cooler outdoor air in and pushing warm indoor air out, creating a quick breeze throughout your home and providing almost immediate relief from the heat.
Reduced Air Conditioning Bills
Running a whole-house fan reduces your need for air conditioning, which in turn reduces your utility bills and takes pressure off your central air system, reducing wear and tear and extending equipment life.
Whole-house fan installation requires minimal structural changes, as they are designed to fit into existing attic vents.
Whole-house fans are powerful yet quiet. You’ll appreciate this feature if you’re a light sleeper, during social gatherings, or if you simply want to relax and unwind with little noise pollution in your home.
Whole-house fans use a fraction of the energy air conditioners use, making them an environmentally friendly option. If you’re looking for ways to reduce your carbon footprint, it’s a win-win.
Improved Indoor Air Quality
It’s no secret that indoor air is two-to-five times more polluted than outdoor air. As whole-house fans draw in fresh air from the outside, they push out stale air (along with pollutants and allergens) from the inside. This results in a more comfortable living environment, especially those with allergies or asthma.
When to Use a Whole-House Fan
Whole-house fans tend to work best in the evening, overnight, and early morning when outside temperatures are cooler than the air inside your home. Make sure your air conditioning is off to avoid energy waste and open at least one window half way or wider. Open windows far away from the fan’s location for overall cooling, or strategically to target specific areas of your home. For example, to cool bedrooms, open windows in those rooms.
Yet a whole-house fan is no replacement for a central air system, especially when outdoor air is as hot and stifling as the air indoors. And to ensure your AC is ready to keep you cool and comfortable all summer long, contact Correct Temp to schedule your annual AC inspection and tune-up. It’s the best way to keep your AC system running effectively, efficiently, and for many summers to come.