Whole House Fan Blog

  • Tightly-Sealed Home Vs. Drafty Home: Pros and Cons of Each

    Modern homes are more tightly sealed than ever before. Drafty homes, on the other hand, are yesterday’s children in the home-building world. Airtight homes are considered models of efficiency while drafty homes allow energy to escape every time the thermometer rises or dips, costing the homeowner greatly.

    There are many advantages to having airtight homes, but there are also some lesser-known drawbacks. So, what are the pros and cons of tightly-sealed homes and what can you do, as a homeowner, to bridge the gap?

  • The Best Attic Fan for Maximum Ventilation

    The best attic exhaust fan complements a whole house fan. Together, they will effectively remove hot air from your home and improve your indoor air...
  • Save Money on Electricity Bills with a Whole House Fan

    If you live in a place where it’s almost always warm and sunny, you may be relying too much on your air-conditioning unit to keep cool and comforta...
  • Reasons to Use Whole House Fan during Winter

    Whole house fans draw in and circulate fresh air throughout a home, providing an inexpensive cooling effect when the weather outside is cooler and less humid than the weather inside. The fresh air circulating in the home also dilutes any airborne contaminants.

  • How to Winterize Your Whole House Fan

    Whole house fans are great for cooling your house, and can cut down, or even eliminate, your need to use air conditioning. However, if you live in an area with cold winters, your whole house fan may be allowing heat to escape, making your house cooler when you want to to be warm, and driving up your heating costs.

  • How to Remove Winter Condensation and Humidity in Your Garage

    Garages are built to keep out water from rain and flooding; however, even in the best-sealed garages, water can still find its way in the form of humidity. If you live in an area with different seasons, you’ve probably noticed that in the winter your garage is very cold, and in the summer it’s usually hot. This is because most garages aren’t designed to regulate temperature like the rest of your house.

    On hot summer days, the humidity in your garage can hang in the air, and as temperatures cool, they stick to surfaces in the garage and can build up into the winter months. Below we discuss article, the causes of garage humidity, the problems that follow from it, and how you can address this problem.

  • DIY Home Attic Inspection Checklist

    Having a healthy attic is an essential piece to having a healthy, functional home. Inspecting your attic can save you money by identifying potential ventilation and insulation deficiencies along with helping you spot unwanted pests and molds.

    To make sure your attic, and therefore the rest of your home, is in good shape, take some time twice every year (preferably when the seasons change), to do a quick inspection of your attic space. It may save you from a lot of unwanted trouble down the road. To make sure your attic is fully functional and in good condition, you should check the following:

  • Common Questions Answered About Installing an Attic Fan

    What is an attic fan?
    Attic fans help remove heat from your house, keeping it cool. However, how effective they are and what they do can vary widely, depending on the type of attic fan. So when we use the term “attic fan”,  we usually mean one of two things: either a whole-house fan or an attic exhaust fan. A whole-house fan cycles cooler outside air into your home and hotter inside air out, while an attic exhaust fan brings cooler outside air into the attic to keep it from overheating, keeping the rooms directly below the attic slightly cooler.

  • How Many Windows Need to Be Open for a Whole-House Fan to Work?

    Whole house fans have become an increasingly mainstream alternative to using air conditioning. During hot summer days, many homeowners turn to their air conditioning units or central air for relief from the heat, but in the face of climate change and saving electricity, many have turned to whole house fans as a money-saving and greener solution to summer heat.

    Using whole house fans together with ceiling fans and circulating fans allows for proper temperature and moisture circulation within the house that can provide much-needed comfort during hot days. The technology became popular around the 1950’s and 1960’s, so there are some common questions regarding whole-house fans. 

  • What are Attic Insulation "R" Values?

    If you believe your home is under-insulated, you can perform an easy insulation inspection to determine your insulation requirements. Having the proper amount of insulation in your attic could help you keep comfortable temperatures in your house and help you prevent major problems like ice dams in the wintertime. Plus you can even save money on your energy bills.
  • Are Whole House Fans Good in Climates with Low Humidity?

    Whole house fans are great to help you keep your home cool and rely on air conditioning less. However, many people wonder how effective they are in areas where the humidity is on the low side. The good news is that they are most effective in low humidity climates. And, lots of states are fortunate to have lower humidity, like Nevada, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, and even California.

    Here’s what you need to know.

  • What is Thermal Mass Cooling?

    As the cold temperatures of winter go away and you begin anticipating the warmth of the spring and summer season, you likely start realizing it's time to turn your air conditioner on and deal with higher energy bills because of it.

    Each time you bump the thermostat down, your HVAC system needs to work that much harder in order to keep your home cool and this increases your energy use as well as the costs associated with it. Fortunately, there's a better way for you to cool your home and lower your energy bill while enjoying a cozy indoor atmosphere - it's called thermal mass cooling.