Staying cool during the summertime can get expensive. You can dramatically reduce your energy expenses each year by using fans to increase the flow of air in your home. Although there are multiple cooling systems that you can consider using to cool your home, the three below can work with any home and budget.
Ceiling fans, being multifunctional, can provide light as well as air circulation. They also improve the decor of a room. Installing a ceiling fan is a simple process if you already have a ceiling light connection.
An electrical connection will have to be installed by a qualified professional prior to installing the fan if you don’t have any existing lighting in the ceiling. You can find these fans in a huge range of prices and they come in anywhere from your basic one-light fixture, to an ornate fan housing with several lights.
Since there are often two directional settings in ceiling fans, comfort can be provided all summer long with this fixture and can help to circulate warm air around that has been trapped on the ceiling in the wintertime. It is essential though to ensure the blade rotation is correct for each season.
Whole House Fans
You can use a whole house fan to get overall whole house cooling which will substitute for an AC unit in most climates of the year. When you combine whole house fans with ceiling fans as well as other circulating fans, you and your family can stay comfortable in the summer, even when it’s hot.
Air is pulled in from open windows from the whole house fan and exhausted through the attic and roof. This offers good attic ventilation combined with whole house cooling. Homes could be provided with over 30 to 60 air changes each hour by whole house fans which, will vary with floor plan, climate, and so forth. You can ask a technician what is appropriate for your house. Deciding on an air-change rate will ultimately depend on your climate and how much cooling you are expecting from your fan.
Air is drawn in from a section of the attic and out another by an attic vent fan. Because no air motion is in the home below, you are able to run attic fans when your home is closed up. Since hot air is blown up into your attic with a whole house fan, the fan won’t work properly if you don’t have large openings in your attic for exhausting hot air. Many of the older model whole house fans need more attic venting than what the building code stresses is the minimum; up to as twice as much depending on the fan’s size.
The type of cooling appliance or product you decide to buy will depend mostly on your climate and where you live. However, if you can get away with it, if you could pick two, the ceiling fans and whole house fans would be the best pick since they are energy efficient and more cost effective.