Whole House Fans: How They Work
For many Sacramento homeowners, the most conventional solution for keeping the house cool on hot days and nights is to use your air conditioning system. Your central heating and air conditioner is designed to cool multiple rooms. This appliance has long been trusted to quickly and effectively create the cooling effect that can help residents experience comfort in their private spaces.
In more recent years, however, there has been increasing attention paid to the energy efficiency of most household appliances, including heating, cooling and ventilation systems. It’s no secret that these systems require significant amounts of energy to run, which can pose a problem when it comes to your utility bills. As such, consumers have become more aware of the importance of choosing “smarter” appliances that use up less energy than traditional models to protect the environment as well as reduce those utility bills.
The Whole House Fan Alternative
Homeowners are no longer simply limited to choosing air conditioners and traditional ceiling fans to cool their homes. It’s always a great idea to consider other technologies designed to keep a house cool — especially one that lets homeowners save money, enjoy a more comfortable home, and experience improved health.
Whole house fans by Fox Family Heating and Air are a worthy alternative. We rely on the trusted brand, QuietCool. As a QuietCool distributor we are affordably installing whole house fans for customers across the Sacramento Valley.
Understanding the whole house fan: how it works, and the benefits you can expect
As the above manufacturer video explains, a whole house fan is installed in the attic of your home. During the cooler hours of the day, you will open the windows to draw the cool air. Once the windows have been open, then turn the fan on. It will then pull the cooler outdoor air into the house, helping the space instantly feel up to 10 degrees cooler (or more). The cool air will then be carried throughout the home wherever a whole house fan is switched on, beginning the cooling process. It will also be taken to the attic, effectively pushing the stale attic air out of the vents. When the hot attic air is exhausted, the rest of the house becomes cooler throughout the day.
During bedtime, you can close all the windows in the house except those in the occupied bedrooms. There will be enough cool breeze in these rooms for as long as it is needed — even with the doors closed. Keep in mind, however, that windows should not be opened too wide since this will lessen the cooling effect inside the home.
Whole House Fan Benefits
- Whole house fans can help customers save 50% to 90% on electricity costs.
- Lower energy consumption translates to conservation of valuable resources and environmental preservation.
- Attic fans help move stale, hot air out of the space which, in turn, helps keep the rest of the house cool.
- Garage fans also help draw harmful fumes and polluted air out of the space.
- Whole house fans allow fresh air to course through the home, removing pollutants and keeping the household healthy.
- Letting cool air indoors means your family is comfortable and better able to enjoy the home.