Whole House Fan for Barndominiums

Barndominiums are becoming more popular as people want to combine a farmhouse-style home with open spaces and practical uses.

Barndominiums, also called barndos, are homes where an existing barn has been converted into a living and working space. They usually offer the charming exterior of a traditional barn with plenty of room inside to work and live.

While some people use barndos as agricultural structures, most people use them simply because they like the open space inside and the rustic aesthetic. So whether or not you have a hobby where a barn could be useful, a barndo can be appealing either way.

Whole House Fans
Whole house fans are a great alternative or supplement to traditional air conditioning. While air conditioning is effective at cooling the home down, it comes at a high cost. Running the AC all season will result in high energy bills and it will do little to improve your indoor air quality.

Whole house fans ventilate the whole home. They create a draft throughout the entirety of the home and work by pulling in outdoor air and exhausting indoor air. During cool summer nights and mornings, this is a great way to ventilate and cool the house without the use of air conditioning.

Plus, in cooler climates, a whole house fan might be enough alone to keep temperatures comfortable indoors. Either way, using a whole house fan will keep energy costs down significantly.

Can I Use a Whole House Fan in My Barndominium?
Whole house fans pull air in through open doors and windows and exhaust it through the attic or roof. Therefore, you need vents in the attic or roof in order for a whole house fan to work properly. If your barndo has foam insulation under the metal roof and siding without vents, you may need to have some installed before you can set up your whole house fan. But in many cases, your barndo will already be outfitted with attic and roof vents.

Once the right vents are in place, then your barndo is ready for the whole house fan installation. If you have existing vents, you may want to consider increasing them in order to optimize the performance of your fan. You’ll need about one square foot of total vent space per 750 cubic feet per minute (CFM) of fan capacity.

To figure out how much CFM you need, you should double or triple your square footage (depending on how high your ceilings are). So if you have high ceilings and 1,000 square feet, you’ll require a fan with 3,000 CFM and would require about 4 square feet of vent space.

We recommend having a professional install your fan and using a winterized insert to insulate your fan when temperatures drop.

Have questions about adding a whole house fan for barnodominiums? Call us at 1.888-229-5757.