Ceiling fans can make a big difference when it comes to cooling your home, but did you know that there are specialized attic fans specifically made to cool your whole home? These fans are rapidly becoming more popular, especially due to the amount of energy savings they can accumulate.
How do whole home attic fans work?
Rather than having many ceiling fans pushing the air around your home, whole home fans do their work from one centralized unit. The size of the fan largely depends on the size of your home, but the fan will typically be located in the top center of your attic.
The fan works by drawing air in from the house, vents, and any open windows, and exhausting it through the attic roof. This method of cooling can be used to cool your entire home and works well enough to replace your central cooling system for most of the warm months.
How do whole home attic fans help me?
Not only can a whole home attic fan help to keep your house cool, but it can save you money. Running an air conditioner unit, especially when you barely need it, is very costly. Whole home attic fans save on energy and save you hundreds of dollars.
What do I need to install a whole home attic fan?
If you are looking into installing a whole home attic fan for home cooling, it is absolutely best that you speak with a professional before attempting installation on your own. With the help of a professional, getting started on keeping your home comfortable and saving money is not too difficult.
First you need to determine what size fan will be best to effectively cool your entire home. Typically this is done by fitting in the dimensions of your room into an equation and multiplying it by the amount of power you need.
For an attic fan cooling system to work properly, it is likely that you will need to install some extra vents in your attic. The fan works by pulling in air, so it needs access to ventilation. Typically, an attic will need twice as many vents, if not more.
A professional will help you determine the size of the fan needed and whether additional ventilation will be necessary.
What are some other things I need to know?
* Attic ventilation fans are quite large. You will not want the fan to be anywhere within reach to avoid any accidents.
* Installation for whole home attic fans can be tricky. It is a good idea to seek the expertise of a professional, especially when it comes to fitting and wiring the unit.
* Attic fan cooling systems are quite effective, but you will want to make sure that you have plenty of windows open in the house to allow maximum airflow and avoid problems.
* Attic ventilation fans can become quite noisy, but there are pads and gaskets that can help cut down noise.