Whole House Fans and Moisture Control

Nobody likes it when there’s too much moisture in the home. Humid air is sticky and uncomfortable. It can make it hard to get cool or warm up when the air is too moist.

Not to mention all of the other problems moisture can cause in your home, resulting in mold, mildew, rot, and other issues.

While moisture is a major problem, the solution is a minor fix. Simply installing and operating a whole house fan can fix the problem, while providing additional benefits too.

How Whole House Fans Work
Whole house fans are usually installed between the ceiling of your top floor and the attic. To operate them, you need a vent in your attic and an open window or door to allow air to circulate.

When you turn on your whole house fan, it exhausts the air that’s been trapped in your home and replaces it with fresh air from outside. So when moisture builds up inside the home, you can run your fan on a dry day and get rid of all of the moisture in your home in just minutes.

Summer Moisture Control
Whole house fans are most commonly used during the summer. This is because, in addition to their moisture-eliminating abilities, they’re also great for cooling down the home.

If you live in a climate that experiences hot, humid summers, moisture is bound to get into the home, whether or not you keep all of your windows and doors shut and sealed and the air conditioner on.

We naturally create moisture by cooking, showering, and simply living in our homes — some level of moisture is inescapable. When we keep our windows shut during the summer, this moisture has nowhere to go and over time it can accumulate.

To eliminate moisture during the summer, wait for the humidity to drop. Then, open up a window and run your whole house fan for an hour, or until your home is completely ventilated. Afterward, you can seal up your home and enjoy the dry air.

Winter Moisture Control
Moisture can also accumulate during the winter, especially if you leave your windows closed. You may notice there’s too much moisture in your home if water droplets begin condensing on your windows.

By running your whole house fan when moisture begins to build up in the home, you can keep moisture levels low in the home throughout the season.

Attic and Garage Moisture Control
Just like the rest of your house, your attic and garage are also susceptible to high levels of moisture. While you may spend less time in these spaces, moisture can still cause mold, rot, and structural damage.

Whereas in your home you’d use a whole house fan, in your attic you can use an attic fan and a garage exhaust fan for your garage to keep moisture levels in check.

Spring is a great time to install a whole house fan, attic fan, or garage fan. Give us a call and we can talk about the right ventilation and cooling solution for your needs. 1-661-775-5979