There’s nothing nicer on a stifling hot summer day than to flick the switch on your air conditioning and to be the recipient of all that lovely, cold air. What’s not so great is when you turn on your unit only to find that it’s not working.

When your air conditioner sits doing nothing throughout the autumn, winter, and spring months, it collects debris and leaves. Because of this, it’s good practice to carry out some maintenance before the balmy days of summer arrive. Otherwise, you could be getting all hot and bothered waiting for a busy HVAC professional to make a service call, along with potentially costly repairs.

If you don’t have home air conditioning or can’t afford it, remember that a whole house fan can keep air conditioning costs down by drawing in cool outside air. If you do have a home A/C unit, it’s good practice to schedule a pre-season tune-up by a professional. For a minimal investment, you can prolong the life of your unit by years.

There’s never been a better time than now to get your A/C system ready and working for summer. Here’s how!

Change or Clean the Filter Monthly
Depending on your unit, some have filters that are cleaned with water, and others have disposable filters. No matter the filter type, cleaning this area of your unit is imperative to its smooth running. When your air filters are dirty, your unit has to work harder to pump air into your home.

Keep the Outdoor Unit Clean
Your outdoor condenser should always be cleared of any debris. Grass clippings, debris and plant growth can damage your unit by clogging it and making it run less efficiently. Firstly, turn off the thermostat. Next, taking a clean brush or cloth, gently clean the coil from the fins. Be careful not to use force or you’ll damage the fins.

Keeping your outdoor unit clean boosts its efficiency and helps you get longevity from your equipment.

Clean Indoor Ductwork
This is one job for a professional. Ductwork is hidden within your walls and ceilings and shouldn’t be touched yourself. Of course, it’s fine to remove registers and to inspect and wipe down visible parts of the ducts. You can also check these parts of the ducts for water damage or wear.

Air ducts can accumulate moisture due to condensation. When this happens, the system can be damaged and fungus and mold can grow. If you see any water damage, call out a professional immediately.

Check and Maintain the Fan Belts on Your Outdoor Unit
Another job to carry out regularly is inspecting the fan belts, adjusting or replacing them if needed. You can source these parts at your local hardware store. Just ensure you buy the correct part for your particular unit. Working fan belts make sure your air conditioning is running at maximum efficiency, in turn, lowering your energy bills.

Through following the tips above, you can be sure to keep you air conditioning unit in tip top condition for many summers to come. And, if you install a whole house fan, there’s a good chance you’ll rarely have to run your air conditioner, and save money to boot.

We watch what we put in our mouths carefully as well as our bodies. Many of us strive to ensure that everything we eat is organic. However, what about a healthy home?

Keeping your home healthy can be challenging. Although coming in contact with a toxin here and there in small amounts may not kill you, when you have a number of questionable toxins swirling around your home, you may wish to take certain measures to lower your exposure, including these:

Use Organic or Natural Cleaning Products
There are dangerous and unhealthy chemicals that are in many of our cleaning products today.  You can replace ammonia, phthalates and sodium hydroxide with vinegar, baking soda and other safe ingredients. You can also find healthy, natural alternatives in your grocery store. Not to mention, a quick search on the Internet and you will be provided with a whole range of DIY recipes for household products.

Keep House Dust Low
Dust simply means more toxins in your home. You should dust and clean all your floors and surfaces once weekly. When you vacuum, use a HEPA filter which will help capture many different particles and eliminate allergens.

Get a Shower Filter
Your tap water has many contaminants in it that can become gases at room temperature. By installing a shower filter, you can eliminate these contaminants from becoming airborne.

Don’t Heat Plastic in Microwave
You should not heat up any types of containers that are made of plastic in your microwave oven since the heat increases the risk of leaching toxic ingredients into your food that you store in them.

Get Some Household Plants
Household plants are a natural air detoxifier and clean the air in your home. When you have products like those used for painting walls or installing carpets, these can release certain chemicals into your indoor air. Some great plants to get to naturally clean your indoor air include:

Gerbera Daisy
English Ivy
Chinese Evergreen
Weeping Fig
Peace Lily
Bamboo Plants
Spider Plants

Household plants make a great alternative to air purifiers.

Ventilate
Use a whole house fan to bring in fresh outdoor air from your open windows.

Maintain your Lawn
The inside of your home is not the only place you want to keep safe and healthy. You should also consider what outside your home is doing, especially your lawn. Caring for your lawn typically involves using pesticides and other chemicals that are toxic and are hazardous to us and animals. When maintaining your lawn, consider healthier choices and avoid synthetic fertilizers too.

Finding a great roofing contractor isn’t always an easy thing to do. So many things can go wrong, leading to even bigger problems in the future. This makes getting it right extremely important. Whether you’re looking for professional installation of an attic fan or a complete new roof, these are the qualities you should seek in your roofing contractor.

1) Licenses and Permits
These are among the most important qualities a roofing contractor can have. In some states the work isn’t considered valid for inspection unless it was conducted by a contractor with the proper licenses and the proper permits are obtained before beginning the work. Even if licensing for contractors isn’t required in your state, it is a good idea since most licensing agencies provide some degree of vetting before offering licenses to contractors.

2) Insurance
Roofers need insurance to guarantee the quality of their work and to cover accidents and injuries that occur to their employees and subcontractors on the job. Otherwise, you could find yourself on the hook for any costs related to personal injury of employees and left holding the bag for damage inexperienced roofers do to your home.

3) Reputation and References
Roofers that have been in the business for any length of time should have a nice long line of glowing references from former customers to offer. Make sure you take advantage of this opportunity and call them. Ask any questions you have from the quality of the attic fan installation to the politeness of the employees as they worked on your home. This is your home you’re inviting them to work on. Make sure you’re willing to have them in your home before you hire them.

4) Training and Skills
Perhaps one of the most important qualities to expect from a roofing contractor is the quality of training and education. Contractors who invest in their businesses by educating themselves and getting adequate training on the latest roofing technologies and how these new changes impact homeowners, are contractors that are wise to bring into your home.

5) Work with Contracts
You want to work with contractors who are willing to put their offers in writing by having a contract. You may have to go back and forth a few times to get the contract both sides are happy with, but having a contract protects people on both sides of the issue should issues arise during the course of the roofing work.

These qualities might not seem all that important at first glance, but they can save you a world of hassles, headaches, and quite a few dollars in the long term.

You can increase your home’s comfort and reduce your air conditioning bills significantly with smart landscaping. When outdoor temperatures rise in the summertime, your home’s indoor temperature rises with it. Air conditioners also increase your carbon footprint. Below are some ways you can cut down the costs of your air conditioning with simple proper landscaping.

Plant Trees
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, you can reduce a household’s cooling energy consumption by up to 25 percent by positioning trees properly. You can find trees in different sizes, shapes and densities to meet your shading needs. Deciduous trees, planted on the west and south sides of your home, are great for blocking out the sun’s heat in the summertime and keeping the heat in during the wintertime. You can block heavy winds and provide your home with continuous shade by planting shrubs and evergreen trees.

Shade Structures
Install a Ramada, awning, pergola or other type of structure on your home’s west side to provide shade. Not only will you filter out the heat and light during the hotter part of the day, it’s also attractive. Vine-covered pergolas are open structures that don’t trap in the heat but allow a cool breeze to get in making them pretty ideal.

Groundcovers
Take groundcovers into consideration. Granite mulch, concrete and light-colored stone make things hotter since they reflect the heat. Heat is absorbed with wood chips and darker stones. And, for the most cooling effect, you can add in ground cover plants to your expanse or lawn although you do have to water them often.

Water Features
Water features give off a cooling effect both psychologically and physically. You can cool the air of your entire landscape with a large pond. A fountain or smaller pond cools smaller areas.

Dead Spaces
Insulate your house in the summer and winter and create dead spaces by planting vines, shrubs and bushes. You will want to leave a foot of space between your home’s wall and full-grown plants when planting.

When you are making your landscape plans, consider how the wind and light moves around your house all day to maximize efficiency. You want to figure out which side of your home gets the most shade and which gets the most light when you are planning your landscape options. By practicing smart landscaping, you can reduce your costs of air conditioning and increase efficiency more effectively. Not to mention, it adds to the beauty of your home and its exterior appeal.

Did you know that a whole house fan can also reduce your air conditioning bill? A whole house fan helps people drop their AC usage by upwards of 50 to 90 percent!

Everyone wants to save money on their energy bills each month. Heat, cooling, and powering your home uses a great deal of electricity. In an attempt to save money, we often listen to energy saving myths that claim to help decrease your power use, but ultimately end up costing you more money. To clear this misinformation, below are 5 of the common energy saving myths out there.

Number 1: You Should Leave Your Heat on Low During the Day
This myth has you believe that it’s actually cheaper to keep your heat on low all day which results in you saving energy and money. The truth, however, is that you should only have your heat on when you need it. The best way to do this is by using a timer that is designed to turn your heat on or off to maintain your desired temperature. The fact is, you are constantly leaking out energy from your home and how much depends on how well your home is insulated. Therefore, if you leave your heat on all day (even on low), you are losing energy all day long.

Number 2: You Should Use Electrical Heaters
Another myth is that electrical heaters can save energy. You should only use these when it’s absolutely necessary. This is because they use up an excessive amount of electricity in order to heat your home. It’s best to use your central heating system or even other heating sources like radiators which are far more energy efficient than electrical heaters.

Number 3: You Should Reduce Strain on Your System by Closing Vents
When you have central heating, you may believe that closing vents in rooms that aren’t being occupied will reduce the strain of your entire system. This is another myth. Closing a vent is not the same thing as turning off a light. A closed vent doesn’t reduce how much energy you use and doesn’t help your system in any way. It can actually have an opposite effect. By closing a vent, you are actually making your system work harder to get air to the other areas of your home and this overcompensation leads to more energy output.

Number 4: You Should Turn up your Thermostat to Heat your Home Faster
Your furnace will take just as long to heat your home. Not to mention, you shouldn’t be keeping your furnace off long enough to get your home cold anyway. No matter what temperature you set your thermostat to, your unit will generate heat at the same rate, therefore, cranking the heat up will actually take just as long to get your home heated, but will also use more energy.

Number 5: You Should Turn Your Electronics to “Off” Mode Doesn’t Use Power
Most electronic devices that are plugged in use ‘standby power’ regardless if they are turned on or off. When you are not using your device, unplug it to keep it from using up energy.

Do you know what is NOT an energy saving myth? Whole house fans can drop air conditioning usage by 50-90 percent.

A whole house fan can be used as an alternative to your cooling system for most of the year (depending on your climate). When you combine a whole house fan with ceiling fans, you can keep your home comfortable, even in hot weather. You can even modify your heating and cooling unit’s ducts to offer you whole house cooling. Plus, you are saving energy too by not having to use your air conditioner, which we all know is an energy guzzler.

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You are most likely aware of how dangerous outside environmental pollutants can be, but what about the dangers of your indoor air quality? Not only can outdoor pollutants can get into your home and compromise the quality of your indoor air, but so can certain products that you may use in your home.

It’s important to learn how to purify your air in your home and keep it healthy. Here are some tips.

Use Green Products for Cleaning
There are more green products available for cleaning your home now that environmental impacts of chemical-filled cleaning products are being understood. Most of these green cleaning products are biodegradable and non-toxic since they aren’t made from petroleum but rather from renewable resources.

However, if you don’t want to spend a lot of money on brand labels, you can make up your own green products right from your kitchen cabinets. For instance, baking soda and vinegar are great cleaning agents and can be mixed with just about anything. You can create yourself a cleaning solution that will clean almost everything in your home with these two common household products and mixing in a little warm water.

Natural Air Fresheners
Instead of spending money on air fresheners you find at the store, try boiling cloves, cinnamon, or other herbs that you like. Most herbs have rather pleasant scents. You can also bake some cookies, which always spreads a friendly aroma in your home. Another idea is to place some houseplants around your home, such as Peace Lilies, which give off a great smell but also do a good job in filtering your indoor air.

Increase Ventilation
Improving your home’s ventilation is more than just opening up a few windows in your home.  You can invest in a whole house fan which works great at ventilating the air in your home.

Other Things That You Can Do

Try a little natural air conditioning in your home like:

Growing plants to produce shade
Installing window treatments, such as blackout curtains or blinds, that block heat
Using ceiling fans
Reducing the use of appliances that produce heat

You can always hire a green house-cleaning service too if you don’t have time to clean your own home. There are many of these services available that will be happy to come into your home and clean it

Your garage is often a messy and neglected space, right? By incorporating some handy projects and a little bit of organization this Spring, you can modernize your garage and get more use out of it. Whether you have to unclutter a corner of your garage, save on energy cost, or eliminate toxic fumes from your home that your garage often presents, following the tips below can help.

  1. Garage Lighting

By removing regular bulbs and replacing them with fluorescent fixtures, you can light your garage up more efficiently. The lighting in your garage can be positioned so they mount over existing ceiling boxes. Remember that when it’s cold, not all fluorescent lighting will work, therefore, it’s important that you figure out your garage’s lowest temperature when choosing which fluorescent fixtures to use.

Solar Garage Sensor Security Flood Lights. Solar security lights are quickly starting to become a reliable alternative to standard, battery-powered or electrical security flood lights. They do come with a battery, but during the daylight, the solar panel charges it up and stores the electricity so you can use the lights at night.

The battery to your solar garage sensor lights should last you around a couple years before you have to replace them. However, with new product development, the charging capacity of the batteries are now increasing providing you with around 10 hours of light instead of the 4 hours maximum you used to get several years ago.

Upgrading from Fluorescent Lights to LED. Standard bulbs only have around 1,000 hours of life. Compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) have around 10,000. However, by upgrading to LED, you can get around 25,000 hours of life. This makes them the perfect choice for outdoor bulb replacements that are hard to reach since having to change them regularly can be a giant pain. They also save money in the long run in reduced energy.

  1. Add Ventilation through a Garage Exhaust Fan

Attached garages can pollute your air from garden chemicals, unhealthy car odor, paint solvents and deadly carbon monoxide. Just by driving your car into the garage and closing the garage door behind you, you can expel residual nasty pollutants and exhaust fumes into your home.

Ventilation is an important part of keeping your garage fumes out of your home. By installing a garage exhaust fan, you not only improve the air quality, but while you are running the fan, the pollutants are sent outdoors instead of in your home.

  1. Put up Shelving (wire or wooden)

It can be well worth spending a weekend installing shelving into your garage since it can provide you with extra storage space. Pre-packaged shelves work great if you aren’t that handy or would rather not use the bigger tools. To properly align your shelves, you will first have to take appropriate measurements. After that you will drill the anchors and screws in and set your shelves up. It’s a very simple project.

  1. Install Garage Cabinets

For more storage space, you should consider installing garage cabinets which you can use to securely store your tools, auto supplies, chemicals or other materials. This is another fairly easy project that you can do by yourself to create some extra space in your garage. Not to mention, garage cabinets add a little ‘welcoming look’ to your garage.

If one of your garage improvements this Spring involves adding a garage exhaust fan, be sure to check out the Quiet Cool GA ES-1500 garage exhaust fan. And if you have any questions about it or other house ventilation or cooling needs, give us a call at 1.888.229.5757.

We’re all looking for ways to reduce our energy consumption and lower our utility bills. Using home automation technology, this is completely achievable. How often have you forgotten to turn off your television, lights, and electronic devices before going out or going to bed or even heading out the door? With the help of this new technology, you can regain control over your energy use so you can focus on the other things in life that matter most to you.

According to the Huffington Post, U.S. citizens spend $241 billion on energy annually, ($2,100 per household.) If your electric bill seems particularly high and you’re not sure of the cause, home automation might help.

Take a look at these home automation products that lower your bills as well as minimizing energy waste.

Smart Power Strips
Even when they’re switched off, DVD players, game consoles, cable boxes and more can sap energy. This can be stopped by using smart power strips around your home. These pieces of equipment come with motion detection systems that shut your electronics off when you’re not around. Thus, reducing the amount of energy consumed.

Lighting Controls
How often do you leave the room and forget to turn off the light? Installing special lighting controls with occupancy sensors ensures the lights are turned off automatically whenever you’re not using a room.

Smart Thermostats
By installing smart thermostats in your home, you can control your home’s temperature easily while keeping costs down. Some smart thermostats are Wi-Fi compatible, allowing you to control them with your smartphone. This means you can manage your home temperature while on-the-go. And, if you forget to turn off your AC after you leave home, it’s no longer a problem.

Other smart thermostats can be programmed to turn off and on using motion detectors. Whereas some can be programmed to fall into place with your schedule. Consider using a thermostat on your garage exhaust fan for example.

Home automation is a very good investment when it comes to saving energy and cash within your home. Even though you have to invest some money to kit out your home, over time you’ll begin to see the savings. You can then relax in the knowledge that you’re helping protect the environment as well as saving yourself some hard-earned cash.

Want to save even more money on your energy bills? Install a whole house fan to save up to 90 percent of your home’s air conditioning bill, while still cooling your home.

When you remove all the contaminants from the air duct system in your home, you can reduce the effects of mold and dust greatly. Healthy, clean, circulating air is important for good indoor air quality and for people who are sensitive to the contaminants, particularly during allergy season. It’s not uncommon for an individual to experience instant relief after they have cleaned out their HVACs air ducts.

Air duct cleaning is when various cooling and heating components of forced air units are cleaned including the grilles, heat exchangers, supply and return air ducts, condensate drip pans, cooling and heating coils, fan housing and fan motor, registers and air handling unit housing.

The National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) states that if your air ducts look like they are dirty, chances are they are. It’s a good idea to have a certified HVAC professional come in to inspect a dirty HVAC system.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) doesn’t recommend that you clean your air ducts regularly. They recommend you clean them only when they need cleaning. However, the EPA does suggest that if you have a fuel burning stove, furnace or fireplace, you should have it inspected and serviced to ensure it is functioning properly to protect you from carbon monoxide poisoning.

Methods of Air Duct Cleaning
There are a number of methods you can use to clean your air ducts. Generally, you would call in a professional service provider who will use special tools for dislodging debris and dirt from your ducts and then use a high-powered vacuum cleaner to vacuum them out.

Additionally, they might suggest the use of chemical biocides which work by killing microbiological contaminants inside your systems components and ductwork. Other chemical treatments such as sealants may be used also to cover or encapsulate your air ducts inside surfaces as well as the equipment housings. These chemicals are supposed to help prevent dirt particle or fibers from being released from your ducts and control the growth of mold.

There are a number of other factors in addition to normal dirt and dust build-up in your air ducts that would require HVAC air duct cleaning. These include:

Family members with asthma or allergies
Pets
Damage to your HVAC system, home or water damage
Cigar or cigarette smoke
Remodeling projects or home renovation

Young children, asthma or allergy sufferers, and the elderly are typically more susceptible to contaminants and indoor air quality that is poor and having your air ducts cleaned can help.

You can also install a whole house fan to improve your home’s ventilation and reduce or eliminate moisture and mold build up. This along with keeping your air ducts clean can really increase your home’s indoor air quality.

 

 

Many homeowners are concerned today about garage ventilation. This is because it can be dangerous when your garage is not ventilated properly. There are a number of toxic fumes that invade your garage such as your car’s exhaust fumes. When you don’t have proper ventilation of these fumes, they can become trapped inside your garage walls and get into your home, which can cause a health hazard.

There is also heat build-up in your garage, which is another reason it’s important to get proper air circulation in it. Since your garage doesn’t have a whole lot of air space, it can get really stuffy. Thankfully, there are ways you can improve the air circulation in your garage to safeguard your health and help you feel more comfortable while spending time in your garage.

Windows and Doors
Although you don’t want to keep your doors and windows open all the time (for safety reasons), you can open them up while you are home to improve airflow. If you don’t have windows in your garage, you can have them installed by a carpenter or window installation company.

To get the best airflow, open up windows vertical to your garage door on opposite sides. You can still maintain your privacy and security by having window locks installed or having the glass of your windows frosted so nobody can see in your garage.

Vents
If your garage doesn’t already have rooftop vents, you might want to consider installing some. Box vents, turbine vents and gable vents help to improve air flow but don’t pose the risk of animals or people getting into your garage.

Install a Garage Exhaust Fan
There is probably a good chance you spend some time in your garage working. If you do, investing in a garage exhaust fan might be well worth the investment. Garage exhaust fans will help keep your work area cool while spending time in your garage.

Importantly, garage exhaust fans will also exhaust out the fumes of insecticides, paints, primers, parked cars and other things you have inside your garage that you store. These fumes can get overwhelming and are not good for you. These fans help draw fumes like these outside your garage.

Also, although these fans might not prevent all the heat from getting into your garage, they can certainly make your garage more comfortable. They also help to vent moisture out of your garage which can lead to mildew and mold causing your expensive tools to rust and not something you want to breathe in.

Air circulation is very important in your garage and shouldn’t be overlooked. You can properly ventilate your garage, cool it off and get rid of toxic fumes simply by installing a garage exhaust fan.

Check out the Garage Exhaust Fan QuietCool GA ES-1500, which is the standard in ceiling mount garage fans. And, of course, give us a call here at WholeHouseFan.com, if you have any questions. We offer free expert advice on whole house fans and more. 1.888.229.5757

For many people, the attic is an area where they store old family photos, clothes, holiday decorations, and luggage. However, for energy researchers, it’s much more than that. In fact, over the past 30 years, building codes have been put in place requiring more attic insulation.

And, most professionals will tell you that when your attic is well-ventilated, your house stays much more comfortable during the summer months and stays protected from moisture buildup during the winter from heated air. Not to mention, proper attic ventilation (and roof ventilation) extends the life of your roof’s shingles, prevents ice dams and roof rot, and reduces your cooling bill. Below are other reasons why your home needs more attic ventilation.

Removing Moisture
As the temperature outside drops, we fill our homes up with added heat and moisture. You may notice this “added moisture” by taking a look at the condensation that builds up on your windows. Colder air during the winter comes into your home through your basement and rises to your attic. And, just as moisture is drawn to your windows, it’s also drawn to cold surfaces in your attic, which can cause mold and rot. Attic ventilation helps this moisture escape your attic before it can cause mildew, mold, rot and other issues.

Prevents Ice Dams and Keeps Attic Cool
You might think it’s silly to install extra insulation to keep your attic warm and then turn around and allow colder air to come through the vents of your attic.  However, this combination is what makes your home energy-efficient and durable. This is because during the wintertime, when you keep your attic a little cooler by letting in outdoor air, it reduces the risk of ice dams forming, which happens when your attic is too warm and causes snow to melt off your roof and then refreeze at your gutters.

With proper air sealing and insulation, you can keep your attic cold in the wintertime and block out the moist, heated air from below. The natural flow of air in the summertime in your attic that is well-ventilated moves the extreme heat out of your attic which removes moisture and protects your roof shingles.

A great way to ventilate your attic properly is by installing an attic fan. This type of fan will cool down your hot attic since it draws in the outdoor cooler air from the vents in your attic and pushes out the hotter air to the outdoors. Just keep in mind that if your soffit vents in your attic are blocked and you don’t seal off your attic properly from your home, the attic fan can actually suck up your cooler air conditioned air from your home into the attic making your AC unit work harder and increasing your utility bill. Therefore, be sure you properly seal up your attic and ensure soffit vents are not blocked before you run your attic fan for the best possible results.

Contact us here at Whole House Fan should you have any questions about purchasing or installing an attic fan. 1-661-775-5979

Many homeowners overlook the attic since it is tucked away, they don’t think about it. However, a large chunk of your monthly energy bill can come from your attic and your roof vents without you even knowing if your home has poor attic ventilation.

Poor attic and roof ventilation can cause damage to your roof too. For each 300 sq. feet of space in your attic, you should have a minimum of one sq. foot of ventilation, according to the Federal Housing Administration. And to avoid clumping insulation, mold and rotting wood, you need to properly ventilate your attic. Here’s how.

Monitor the Temperature
Your venting system’s circulating air is needed not just to control moisture, but it regulates temperature as well, which is especially important in the summer months. When there isn’t sufficient circulation coming from your vents, your attic’s temperature can reach to over 140 degrees Fahrenheit on summer days, which can affect your living space climate significantly.

You should keep an eye on attic temperature regularly with a thermometer in the summertime. If you notice the temperature getting hot, you will likely have to add in some power vents to improve your passive ventilation system.

Add Vented Soffits
Although there are a number of reasons why you could have blocked soffits, what happens afterward is always the same. When air isn’t entering a soffit and escaping through the vents of your roof properly and heat that begins radiating into your insulation gets trapped, it results in ice damming which can lead to water damage. To properly fix an ice damming problem, you need to change your soffits.

Install an Attic Fan
You can use attic fans to increase attic ventilation. These help to provide proper ventilation and can save you on energy costs. Good ventilation can also extend the service life of a number of important components like insulation, trusses and roof framing, electrical wiring, venting, plumbing and others that you will find in the attic space of your home. Without an attic fan, the temperatures of your attic can rise significantly. Attic fans help cool down your attic and create a steady flow of air throughout your attic space.

When you are trying to be energy efficient, proper ventilation is needed. You also need it to regulate attic space temperature and preserve the health of your roof.  Following the tips above can help you with ensuring you have good attic ventilation.