Gutters are an important part of the well-being of your home. They help control rainwater flow, protecting your walls, roof, landscape and foundation. When your gutter is clogged with sticks, leaves and other debris, it can cause water damage to your home’s interior or exterior. It can also cause a leaky roof.

Contractors say clogged gutters also make the perfect home for things like:

Rodents
Pests
Honeycombs from bees
Mold

And, if you don’t clean out your gutters, it can cost you a lot of money. So, it’s a good idea to know the signs it’s time to clean your gutters.

  1. You Spot Birds or Pests by Your Roof
    If you’re seeing pests or animals scampering around your gutters, it can indicate the gutters are clogged.  And, while you can find just about any type of bugs in your gutters, the problem arises when you begin noticing squirrels, rats, snakes and mice in them. Things like droppings and unhatched eggs can block drainage areas.
  1. Plants are Growing in Your Gutters
    Lots of dirt can get washed into your gutters from your roof. This dirt can turn into an ideal soil layer for plants like:

Grasses
Flowers
Weeds

Seeds can get into your gutters from being washed from your roof during a storm or blown by the wind, and many can take root and start to sprout.

  1. Your Gutters are Sagging
    Sagging gutters are an indication you have clogged gutters. Your gutters can begin bending in the middle and sag, making them ineffective in carrying water away from the house.
  1. You Notice Water Spills Over the Sides
    If you start to see water spilling out of your gutters over the sides, like a waterfall, that’s a dead giveaway your gutters are clogged from rain. The blockage can force the rainwater over your gutters’ sides, resulting in costly water-related damages. For instance, it can cause your basement to flood during a rain storm.
  1. Birds Are Nesting in Your Gutters
    It’s not simply four-legged creatures and insects that are attracted to dirty gutters. Often various types of birds will see clogged cutters as a ready source of nesting material.

Basically, ensuring your gutters aren’t clogged can save your home from different types of damage and save you the headache of costly repairs. While you’re cleaning your gutters, find out about your roof too ― does it need repaired or replaced. Is your attic fan in good repair? Things like this are just as important for your home.

 

Many people who have a two-car garage only have room to park one of their vehicles, or they can’t park either of them inside due to clutter. If you’re like most people, you can’t do without your car. So, why keep it parked outdoors where it’s exposed to UV exposure damage, tree sap and bird droppings?

You can keep it much cleaner and even prolong its life by storing it in your garage. But first, you need to organize your garage. Garage organization isn’t a one-size-fits all project. Because of this, below are some tips you can follow to organize your garage.

  1. Make a Plan
    Before you start trying to organize your garage, create a cleaning plan and assign jobs. A plan of attack will help you stay on task and get the job done.
  2. Assign a Whole Day or a Whole Weekend for your Garage Organization
    Organizing and cleaning your garage will take you several hours. So, you’ll want to designate some time for it.
  3. Place Wire Shelving in Your Garage
    Maximize the storage space in your garage easily and quickly with easy and inexpensive shelves, hooks and baskets.
  4. Use Bins
    The simplest way of gaining extra space is by using a storage system. Try a rolling workbench, lockers and plastic bins.
  5. Use a Paint Station
    Use a steel pegboard to store your rollers, brushes and tape so they’re easy to access when it comes time to tackle your next paint project. When painting inside your garage, be sure to utilize a garage exhaust fan.
  6. Sort Through Your Items
    Before you place your items back into your garage, sort through them first and create a few piles: throw away, keep and donate.
  7. Designate Spots for Toys or Bikes
    Create a “parking spot” for your bikes and toys. Bike hooks and activity organizers are great for getting your bikes and toys off the floor.
  8. Organize Your Cleaning Supplies
    Finding a location for your cleaning supplies can be challenging. Try using an organizer to keep your brooms and mops out of your way.
  9. Take Advantage of Storage Bins
    If you have no floor space, trying using overhead storage bins to organize your items above your head.
  10. Use Vertical Space
    Don’t rely on shelving alone to store your items. You have all sorts of extra space to work with throughout your garage. Ceiling areas that aren’t along your garage door’s track make great spaces for hanging sports equipment like surfboards and kayaks. You can make use of open wall space for storing lawn care equipment, tools and miscellaneous supplies like screws and nails, reusable shopping bags, pencils, tape and travel items.

Spring is a great time to organize your garage. Get started today! And if you’re looking to install a garage exhaust fan, take a look at the Quiet Cool GA ES-1500 Exhaust Fan, which is considered by many the most energy-efficient garage exhaust fan on the market today.

 

Spring is here! After a long cold winter, it is time to bring a little spring into you home. These are 20 ways you can make your home feel and look like spring.

  1. Decorate with fresh flowers. Not only do they bring little pops of color into every room of your home. They smell delicious too.
  2. Clean with lemon scented cleaners. There’s just something about the smell of lemons that is warm and sunny, like spring.
  3. Switch to lighter fabrics. This holds true for throw pillows and bedding alike. These lighter fabrics seem to signify spring to all.
  4. Use a whole house fan. Opening the windows on the lower floor of your home then drawing fresh, clean spring air in, while pushing stale winter out with a whole house fan is the perfect cure for your winter blues.
  5. Change your curtains. Look for curtains that allow light in as the days get longer.
  6. Engage in some heavy duty spring cleaning. This is the most effective way to clear out the last cobwebs of winter. Literally.
  7. Put away the winter essentials. It’s one thing to leave a few throws or sweaters around; but get rid of the heavy blankets and parkas.
  8. Switch your bathroom linens. Go for lighter brighter, spring colors instead of darker winter colors.
  9. Bring in a little festive greenery. Not only can this make your home smell fresh and clean, it also livens up your entire home.
  10. Add a spring wreath to your front door. It’s not just the inside of your home that needs a little spring love. Make your front door bright and cheery too.
  11. Add a few mirrors to your living spaces. Not only will they help to reflect the light and brightness of spring, they also spread cheer to the darker corners of your rooms making them look much larger and more inviting.
  12. Reduce clutter. This helps to make visual space feel even bigger and can reinvigorate rooms that have felt more like caves all winter long.
  13. Open your curtains. It is great to change to lighter draperies and window treatments for spring. It’s even better to open them up and let the light shine fully in.
  14. Rearrange your living room. Moving things around can help you clean out in the dark spaces behind your furniture and give your entire room a fresh new look for spring.
  15. Use natural fragrances throughout your home. Skip the heavily chemical-laden scented candles and air fresheners. Use fresh flowers, plants, greenery, and essential oils to fragrance your home instead.
  16. Apply a fresh coat of paint to your walls. For the sake of keeping your home fresh and clean smelling this spring, use low or no VOC (volatile organic compound) paints and consider using your whole house fan while painting to avoid any possible off-gassing or paint fumes.
  17. Organize your closets. Nothing says spring like the shift from winter wear to chic spring fashions. Make sure your closet is springtime ready.
  18. Consider giving dark drab furniture a fresh spring makeover with lighter, brighter colors instead.
  19. Swap out your lampshades. It’s amazing what something as simple as changing a lampshade can do for the brightness of your room.
  20. Light up your outdoor living spaces too. More and more people are transforming their back decks into gathering places. Make yours fit for day or night with fun, festive lights.

It doesn’t take huge steps to transform your home for spring. These are great ways to do just that.

Spring has sprung, and eager beavers anxiously awaiting its grand arrival are desperately in the mood to clean house so they can get out, about, and enjoying the warmer weather once summer is here.

One of the most important spring cleaning tasks, one that often gets overlooked, is cleaning your home’s fans. Not only will annual cleaning help your fans operate more efficiently, extending their usefulness by years; it will also help reduce the allergens and microbes your fans spread throughout your home. These tips will help you get your fans in ship shape this spring and beyond.

Whole House Fans
Always turn your whole house fan off before you begin working on it. Use a brush and/or vacuum on the screens where air intake and flow occurs to remove dust and debris that may interfere with the airflow and force your whole house fan to work harder than necessary.

Table, Floor, and Window Fans
Be safe rather than sorry by turning off and unplugging these types of fans before you begin cleaning them. Annual cleaning helps these fans operate more efficiently though if your fan blades seem to attract dust buildup, pet hair, etc. you may want to at least dust the blades more often. To clean the motor, consider blowing compressed air into the motor to get dust and other debris out and avoid clogging up the works.

For the blades you will first need to remove the covering on the front of your fan. Then take a damp cloth with your favorite household cleaner (vinegar also works wonders for this type of task) and wipe each blade individually. Once your blades are clean, wipe down the plastic parts surrounding the blades for good measure then replace the covering and you’re done!

Ceiling Fans
Some people prefer to be more thorough than others when cleaning ceiling fans, detailing them with the same degree of attention provided to automobile interiors by used car lots. If that is your preference, you’ll love this guide for spring cleaning your ceiling fan.

If you want something a little quicker and easier to accomplish, you can wipe the blades of your ceiling fan with a cloth that is very slightly damp with all-purpose cleaner then dry them completely before moving on to address the light fixtures on your fan. Remove the light fixtures or globes and allow them to cool completely before rinsing them with water and dishwashing liquid. Dawn works wonders to remove dust, debris, and unknown residues on your fixtures. Allow them to dry completely before re-attaching them to your ceiling fans.

Simple solutions often work best for these quick and easy tips and tactics for spring cleaning the fans in your home.

Spring begins on March 20th, and for many people, it’s the start of their spring allergies. More than 50 million people in the U.S. suffer from allergies, and over eight percent experience hayfever, such as an allergic reaction to pollen, according to John Hopkins Medicine and the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of American.

Rather than going outdoors and enjoying the world outside after a long winter, you’re stuck inside, miserable and afraid to venture beyond the borders of your own property where countless allergens await. Even worse is the fact that friends and family come into your home and bring the allergens with them on the soles of the shoes, grinding them into your carpets where they linger. And linger.

There is help for your spring allergy pain, though, in the form of a whole house fan. These are just a few great ways your whole house fan can help you find relief from the allergy pain that spring seems to bring each year.

Brings an Abundance of Fresh Air Into Your Home
This is especially the case if you invest in Pollentec (or similar) window screens that block 99.9 percent of air pollutants from coming in through your windows. It means you are drawing fresh air into your home while expelling the pollen and allergen riddled air, such as grass pollen and ragweed, that has been prevalent out of your home.

Controls Pollutants Inside Your Home
One of the problems with allergies is that they exacerbate or build on other symptoms to become something worse than seasonal misery. For instance, it doesn’t take much upper respiratory distress to transform an uncomfortable allergic episode into a massive sinus infection that takes weeks, if not months, to overcome.

Eliminating these pollutants reduces your exposure and helps strengthen your immune response so you are able to reduce the risks of worsening your spring allergies.

Whole house fans can be instrumental tools for helping to eliminate the amount of pollen, dust, and other allergens in the air inside your home. They also help to remove volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that can trigger intense allergy symptoms and asthma episodes, requiring increased usage of rescue medications and an increase in emergency department visits upon exposure.

Helps to Reduce Moisture in Your Home
Moisture, and the resulting mold and mildew can be huge allergy triggers, especially if you’re dealing with a lot of spring showers. They may be great for flowers, not so much for keeping homes dry inside and out. Whole house fans also draw moisture out along with the other nasty things lurking inside your home reducing allergy risks all the while.

By helping to remove various VOCs from the air inside your home, whole house fans offer spring allergy sufferers an opportunity to enjoy the air inside your home much better and to find relief from the endless hours of misery that usually correspond with the changing of seasons.

Spring is time for many home improvement projects, and your roof is one to evaluate and consider whether it falls into this category. As a homeowner, there will be several instances in which you’ll have to make difficult decisions regarding maintenance such as: when to replace or repair the roof.

Of course, there’s nothing like having a solid roof over your head, after all, it’s essential for a warm, dry, and cozy home. However, some home improvement projects aren’t cut and dry. So how do you know whether it’s time to invest in a new roof or simply repair it?

Can My Damaged Roof Be Repaired?
Replacing an entire roof can be very expensive. That’s why many homeowners opt to have their roof patched up in deteriorating areas or roof over existing shingles rather than tearing down the pre-existing roof.  When deciding whether to make repairs or re-roof it’s always best to consult a professional contractor.

Cracked shingles due to wind damage can typically be repaired without having to launch an extensive roofing project. If the damage is allocated to one area, torn or cracked shingles can be easily removed and new ones slipped into place.

However, if the shingle damage is in a few different areas you can expect to have to reroof in the next five years. If there are only a few areas that need fixing, then it may be worth your while to just have patched up as opposed to replacing.

When Is It Time to Replace the Roof?
When deciding whether to replace or repair it’s important to analyze the long-term cost of repair. Just think. While patching up a leaky roof will spare you the hefty cost of replacing it,  you’ll likely save money in the long run by just biting the bullet and reroofing.

If your roof is over twenty years old and showing extensive signs of wear than replacement is the best option. Some indications that re-roofing is the best decision include:

The wear and age of the shingles
Your home’s susceptibility to further damage
The climate in the area.

Severe water damage or even the type of material the roof is made from are additional factors you’ll have to consider.

Once you’ve decided to replace a roof, the next decision the homeowner will have to whether you’ll have the new roof installed over the preexisting roof or tearing off the old one prior to the install. The homeowner will have to determine whether they should minimize costs by reroofing or removing the old one.

Whether having your roof repaired or replaced, it’s a great time to install an attic fan, such as the SmartAttic Roof Mount Fan. Not only can this fan keep your attic and home cooler, it can help extend the longevity of your repaired or replaced roof.

Many people consider home improvement projects aimed at improving their enjoyment of the home. However, some people do so with an eye toward the eventual reselling of the home in mind.

If this is the case, it’s important to explore which home improvements offer a better return on investment.  These are some worth considering, according to This Old House, for a positive improvement in resale value one year later.

Minor Kitchen Remodel
Spending $15,000 or less on a kitchen remodel can yield up to an 87 percent return on investment within one year while a major renovation, costing up to $40,000 delivers only an 80 percent ROI by comparison. Surprisingly enough, This Old House indicates that the addition of a home office offers one of the poorest ROIs at only 54 percent after one year.

Garage Door Replacement
Bankrate reports that a garage door replacement is another popular home improvement for offering an impressive ROI. This one exceeds all others mentioned so far with 98.3 percent of the costs recovered. Not only does it provide important curb appeal, but it also offers an opportunity to make your home even more energy efficient and your garage a safer place. Especially if you take the opportunity to install a garage exhaust fan while replacing your garage door.

Whole House Fan
Of course, not all investments in your home are things you can see. At least not without looking really hard for them. One such investment is the whole house fan. This is one investment that can be fully recouped within one to three years. Why is this so impressive? A whole house fan is an investment that helps pay for itself by offering greatly reduced utility rates. Of all the “green” investments you can make in your home, this one offers the greatest ROI, beating out the following:

— Solar, which takes 10 – 15 years to pay for itself.
— Low – E windows, which take 20 or more years to pay for themselves.
— High R-value insulation, which takes up to 15 years to pay for itself.
— Energy efficient air conditioning, which can take 10 to 15 years to pay for itself.


Other High Return Additions and Renovations
These include:

— Bathroom additions at 81 percent.
— Two-story addition at 83 percent.
— Family room addition at 78 percent.
— A deck at 75 percent.

Other additions in the lower 70’s include attic bedroom additions and master suite renovations or add-ons.

As you consider home renovation projects, weigh all the pros and cons and choose the one that offers you the greatest ROI and personal satisfaction alike.

You might not be entirely sure if there’s mold growing in your attic. Some tell-tale signs include the presence of musty smells throughout your home, as well as strange and blotchy-looking stains on your walls and wood. Although attic mold isn’t generally an immediate health concern, it still has the potential to damage your space by causing wood to rot, ruining your drywall, and more.

Why Mold Grows in Your Attic

A member of a huge family of fungi, mold grows anywhere there is organic material, moisture and oxygen present. As it reproduces via microscopic spores traveling through the air, it can quickly spread to many other places. Mold also affects your respiratory health as well as causing allergic reactions, so it’s imperative to keep this out of your attic for a whole host of reasons. If you’ve found signs of mold in your attic, you need to act quickly to stop it from spreading and causing severe damage.

How You Can Prevent Mold Growth in Your Attic

The easiest way to stop mold from growing in your attic space is to reduce or eliminate the level of moisture in the air. With this in mind, there are a few ways of preventing mold growth in your attic, including:

Concentrating on improving attic ventilation. You can do this by installing an attic fan as good ventilation is a crucial aspect of preventing mold. A fan keeps moist air moving, reducing build-up and helping keep your space mold free.

Checking your rain gutters. Ensure your gutters are channeling water away from your home so it doesn’t have the chance to seep through walls.

Examining your roof for leaks. A leaky roof equals a surefire way of having a mold problem. Examining your roof and checking for discoloration at the joints is imperative as this change of color shows an excess of moisture. Also, if you identify any areas that need repairing, do so as soon as possible to prevent mold from infiltrating your space.

These are just some of the ways you can prevent the growth of harmful mold in your attic. If you’re unsure about anything relating to mold within your home, always do your research and consult with a professional in the field if you feel you can’t handle the problem yourself. By working to eliminate these potential problems, you’ll find your home is healthier and safer, as well as your family.

All homes require ventilation. This is an indoor air exchange with outdoor air for reducing odors, moisture and pollutants. Contaminants like volatile organic compounds (VOCs), formaldehyde and radon that could lead to health issues can accumulate in a poorly-ventilated home. Poor ventilation can prevent the removal of unpleasant odors.

Some organics could cause cancer in both humans and animals.

Key symptoms linked with VOCs exposure are:

Loss of coordination
Headaches
Nausea
Nose, eye and throat irritation
Kidney, liver or central nervous system damage
Allergic skin reaction
Conjunctival irritation
Emesis
Dizziness
Epistaxis
Dyspnea
Fatigue

The ability of VOCs and other organic chemicals to cause health problems will vary from those with no known health effect to those that are highly toxic.

Another reason good ventilation is important is because it can control the amount of moisture lingering in your house. If you have proper airflow throughout your house, your floors, walls and wood in your house will not collect moisture and will stay dry.

Wood can rot when you expose it to moisture. Drywall can as well. If you allow moisture to build up in these parts of your home, they’ll not only damage your home’s structural integrity, but they’ll also cause a buildup of mold which can also have negative health effects when you’re exposed to it for a great length of time.

Proper ventilation will eliminate excess moisture from your home’s air, protecting it from damage. Too much moisture can also rot attic eaves and window sills, peel the paint and invite an infestation of insects. Damp insulation in the ceilings and walls mean lost heat and higher energy bills. Not to mention, excess moisture can damage wallpaper, furniture, carpeting and electronic equipment.

Some ways to ventilate your home are:

Natural ventilation: Uncontrolled movement of air in your home through small holes (infiltration) and cracks and through vents like doors and windows.

Spot ventilation: using localized exhaust fans like bath fans and kitchen fans to eliminate pollutants as they’re generated at their source.

Whole-house ventilation: use of duct systems and fans to exhaust stale air and draw in fresh air from the outdoors to your home. A whole house fan is perfect for this.

Since people typically spend around 90 percent of their time indoors, air pollution indoors can actually be a larger health risk than air pollution outdoors. Whether you’re taking care of a home you already live in or are buying a new home, good ventilation is essential since it helps protect your home and health.

If you’re experiencing any of the problems above in your home, contact an experienced ventilation expert.

Poor indoor air quality can contribute to or cause the development of lung cancer, infections and chronic lung diseases, like asthma. Those with lung disease already are at a greater risk. It’s important you know the pollutants that can make indoor air unhealthy.  Here are 10 threats to indoor air quality.

  1. Asbestos

Asbestos is a group of fibrous minerals that naturally occur. It was once widely used in consumer products and building supplies. Research shows asbestos could cause cancer and major breathing problems. Brittle and old asbestos products can release tiny fibers, sometimes microscopic that can get into your lungs when you inhale.

  1. Bacteria and Viruses

These are living organisms that can cause illnesses like influenza and the common cold. They can also make some diseases, such as asthma, worse.

  1. Cleaning Supplies and Household Chemicals

To protect the health of your home, you need to clean. But, cleaning and household products often include harmful chemicals like:

  • Polishes
  • Soaps
  • Grooming supplies

Even “natural” or “green” products could contain certain ingredients that could cause health issues. Some are even corrosive or flammable.

  1. Building and Paint Products

Remodeling or new construction materials can emit dust or fumes that could endanger your health. When removed or disturbed, older building materials can release indoor air toxins and pollutants. Building materials like furniture, plywood and pressed-wood products can also contain chemicals that give off odors and gases as the materials age.

Other things that can emit VOCs (volatile organic compounds), benzene, formaldehyde and other toxic chemicals as they age are:

  • Adhesives
  • Paints
  • Cleaning and carpeting products
  • Polishes
  • Solvents

Older building products such as insulation, drywall or tiles might contain asbestos.

  1. Carbon Monoxide

This is a colorless, odorless and tasteless gas that’s very dangerous. Carbon monoxide is produced with the burning of fuels like natural gas, gasoline, oil, charcoal or wood or kerosene. Breathing carbon monoxide decreases your blood’s ability to carry oxygen. It can get to dangerous levels both outdoors and indoors.

  1. Radon

Radon is a type of naturally occurring gas that can impact both your health and indoor air quality. You can’t smell or see it and it can build up inside your home and reach to dangerous levels. Being exposed to high radon levels can cause lung cancer.

  1. Formaldehyde

Formaldehyde is a flammable gas and is colorless. It has a distinct odor you can detect at extremely low concentrations. It’s a VOC that causes harmful health effects like cancer.

  1. Lead

Lead is a type of toxic metal once used regularly in the manufacturing of gasoline and common household products. There’s no safe level of lead exposure. Lead is a naturally occurring element that doesn’t go away over time, unlike many pollutants.

  1. Mold and Dampness

There’s mold everywhere. But, if there isn’t enough moisture, mold can’t grow. If too much moisture is present, mold grows. Dampness can show up in noticeable moisture like leaks or as high humidity. When in homes, it can create an environment for the growth of mold spores. Dampness can be harmful even when there isn’t any mold. Too much moisture promotes things like:

  • Cockroaches
  • Dust mites
  • Viruses and bacteria

All of these can impact health.

  1. Dust Mites

These are microscopic, insect-like pests that create many of the common indoor allergens or substances, triggering asthma and allergic reactions in many people. Dust mites can live in mattresses, bedding, carpets, upholstered furniture or curtains.

You may be able to improve indoor air quality with a whole house fan. A whole house fan increases ventilation in a home making it healthier to breathe in.

 

Installing a whole house fan is a great way to save serious money on your energy bills each summer. That is, of course, if you get a fair price on the installation process. Which is why it’s a wise plan to ask questions about the costs before you decide to buy and, certainly, before you choose the company that will handle your whole house fan installation. Since spring will be here before you know it, now is the time to learn about installing a whole house fan.

Counting the Cost of Installing a Whole House Fan
Unfortunately, there are unscrupulous people out there who will take advantage of your desire to conserve energy and cut costs by overcharging for the installation process. One way to avoid this is to get three different services to offer bids or quote prices for your whole house fan installation. Don’t forget to check things like whether they are licensed in your state, have liability insurance, and provide workers compensation coverage for their employees, as well as their references.

Bids for the installation alone may range anywhere from $345 – $779 with a national average of $561 for installation alone from reputable organizations, according to Home Advisor.

There are many variables that affect the final price. Not only are prices different regionally, but some homeowners do not have the requisite roof vents installed and that adds to the costs of the project. For the labor, materials, and the fan itself, you can expect to pay between $1,250 and $1,830 depending on your region, the size of your roof, and the type of system you purchase.

The Great News for Homeowners
In many areas, you will discover that local electric companies offer rebates to homeowners who purchase and install whole house fans. Taking advantage of rebates, such as these, can help to offset the costs of installing a whole house fan making it a much more economical proposition.

That is especially the case when done in combination with the energy savings whole house fans deliver. Don’t forget to get the full details about potential whole house fan rebates before you buy. Check with customer service to see if your company offers rebates as well.

If you’re still on the fence about the benefits of a whole house fan for your home, just add up the potential savings and see what a difference it can make for your energy costs and the comfort of your family.

If you have any questions installation, give us a call here at WholeHouseFan.com at 1.888.229.5757.

There are numerous reasons why proper attic ventilation is essential and attic fans, sometimes referred to as powered attic ventilators, are designed to meet these needs. Attic fans are a type of ventilation unit that regulates the home’s or attic’s heat levels. They take hot interior air from the attic and expel it outward.

Two different types of attic fans are the roof mounted attic fan and the gable mounted attic fan. But, what’s the difference?

Roof-Mounted Attic Fans: These types of attic fans require a vent hole near the top of the roof. The fan will sit on a plastic or metal base over the vent hole. Once you mount the fan, you’ll place some shingle sheets around and over the base flashing. An example is the SmartAttic Roof Mount Fan SMT 2.0 2116 CFM.

Gable-Mounted Attic Fans: Like a roof-mounted attic fan, a gable fan is a fan you install in your home’s attic to help ventilate it. They help decrease wear on your attic’s materials while decreasing the ambient temperature, helping to bring your electric bill down. An example is the QuietCool Smart Attic Gable Fan – 2830 CFM.

Deciding Between a Roof Fan and Gable Fan
There are several things to consider when deciding on whether you want to install a roof fan or a gable fan. These considerations are:

Energy Efficiency: Roof fans are made now with solar options which draw in electricity from the mounted solar panels on your home’s roof. Some gable models also use solar power, but they don’t receive as much sun exposure and aren’t as efficient.

Cooling Capacity: When considering the cubic feet per minute, a gable fan has the advantage due to it being made in a substantially larger size than the roof fan.

Installation and Maintenance: The roof fan is easier to install than the gable fan unless you already have a gable vent in place.

Attic fans work hard to maintain the temperature of your attic, keeping it bearable and cool. As heat rises occasionally, the fan might often shift heat into other rooms of your home through the vents.

You’ll need added attic fan power to expel hot air for extra heat filtering in your home.

While your attic fan could last up to 10 years, when heat continues to build up in the motor, it can cause the fan to start slowing down, making noises and maybe even stop running altogether.

Keeping your attic fan, whether roof mounted or gable, well-maintained will help save on your home’s energy costs. Roof or gable mounted fans will vary, but they’ll likely require the same steps for replacing them.

Be sure you follow all replacement guidelines and safety rules to keep the process hassle-free and as seamless as possible.

Have more questions about the differences between a roof-mounted attic fan and a gable-mounted attic fan? If so, give us a call here at WholeHouseFan.com at 1.888.229.5757.