Where is the Best Place to Put a Whole House Fan?
When the air is warm inside your home, but the outdoor air is cooler, using a whole house fan can help you cool down your home without having to turn your AC unit on. Whole house fans have a cubic feet per minute (c.f.m.) rating which is designed to help you determine the fan’s ability to circulate air.
Preferably, every few minutes the fan will change your home’s air. Before you purchase your new whole house fan, you need to measure how much living space you have in your home to determine how much air your fan will need to circulate.
Common Place to Put a Whole House Fan
Typically, whole house fans are placed in the attic between the living space and ceiling. The central hallway is a great place to install your fan in many homes.
To install your whole house fan you or your contractor marks your ceiling or wall opening using the premade template. You then need to cut out the existing drywall using a drywall saw or similar device.
Once your opening is cut, you’ll be installing your whole house fan in your attic, and hanging it from the rafters. You’ll reduce vibration by suspending your whole house fan from the rafters, and will find that the fan is whisper quiet.
In essence, installing a whole house fan is not hard for a do-it-yourself homeowner. Most of today’s whole house fans are simple enough for an somewhat handy homeowner to install on his or her own. The fans come with step-by-step detailed instructions.
Generally speaking, you simply cut a hole in your attic floor and mount the fan across the joists. Since you will be in the attic while doing the installation, you will need to be cautious. Make sure you light the area up well since attics tend to be dark. You will also want to place wide planks across the joists to ensure you have a safe working platform.
As there is some wiring needed however, if you are not skilled at doing your own electrical work, you may want to hire a professional who has experience with installing a whole house fan. Some homeowners are able to completely the majority of the whole house fan installation steps, but then bring in an electrician to complete the wiring portion of the job.
Any contractor, electrician or handyman can quickly and easily install a whole house fan in your home, or commercial space.
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