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How to Clean Your Whole House Fan

Whole house fans are beneficial devices that help keep homes cool, especially during the summer months. This cooling solution works by balancing the air flow.  They push hot air through vents and draw in cooler air from open windows and doors.

The continual rapid exchange of air is what makes house fans so effective. Homeowners often prefer whole house fans rather than central air conditioning units because they use can save 90 percent on their air conditioning bill if they use one.

While a whole house fan may not be ideal in environments that experience really high levels of humidity continually, it has great cooling properties when it’s properly maintained. And, they are highly effective in many temperate climates.

Since whole house fans move a lot of air, they should be cleaned regularly.

How to Clean A Whole House Fan
Whenever you are attempting to clean a whole house fan, safety is key. Before you begin cleaning it make sure you turn the power supply off. The blades spin very fast and you can get your hands or fingers caught in them if you don’t take this precaution.

Dust
Whole house fans can experience a buildup of dust. Dust can accumulate on the blades and motor.  However, when too much dust accumulates on the housing motor this can cause the motor to overheat, which could decrease the life of the fan.  Simply dusting your whole house fan on a regular basis can help ensure that it stays in working condition.

Use a Household Cleaner
You can use basically any type of standard household cleaning product. A mild and non-abrasive cleaner is effective at removing dust and debris from the blades. You can spray it onto the blades and use a cloth to wipe off the blades. Avoid spraying cleaning solution on to the motor. You can use a slightly damp cloth to remove dust from the fan’s motor.

Clean the Cover
Most whole house fans are equipped with a cover. These covers are often used during the winter months since they help keep the cold air out when the fan isn’t being used. You should also clean the cover and remove lingering dust.

Once you’ve completely cleaned the house fan to your satisfaction you can restore the power. You should clean your whole house fan at least once a year. However, feel free to clean it more often than annually. Some people opt to clean it monthly, while others clean their whole house fan twice a year, when the move they move their clocks forward or backwards for daylight savings time.

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Is Your Garage a Fire Hazard?

How safe is your garage? You might be surprised to learn that the garage can pose a bigger risk than you think.

Did you know that more than 6,000 residential garage fires take place annually, resulting in millions of dollars in property damage and hundreds of injuries? What makes garage fires even more hazardous is that they aren’t detected as quickly and they have the tendency to spread to other areas of the house.

How Dangerous Is Your Garage?
It’s no secret, that the garage is often the burial grounds for unwanted items. A report from the U.S Fire Administration revealed that in garage fires, lingering trash is one of the first things to catch fire after cable and electrical wires. Structural framing, boxes and bags are often ignited next. Fires in cluttered garages spread quickly making it much more difficult for firefighters to put out the blaze.

Storing flammable liquids and materials in the garage is a hazard. Flammable items can include paint, gasoline and cleaning solutions. Fire requires heat, oxygen, and fuel to grow. While products aren’t problematic in itself when combined with these three factors they become dangerous.

In addition, appliances and electrical fixtures are common sources of fires since it can lead to overheating circuit overloading. Clothes dryer and water heaters can be potentially hazardous especially in instances when there isn’t proper heat ventilation.

Preventing Garage Fires
The first step in making your garage less hazardous is taking the necessary steps to ensure that it is well ventilated with a garage exhaust fan. An exhaust fan, like the QuietCool GA ES-1500 garage exhaust fan, can help to remove toxic fumes from the garage. In addition, ventilating with an exhaust fan will reduce heat build-up.

As previously mentioned, heat builds up and when mixed with flammable items can generate a fire. A garage exhaust fan can help ensure sure there is enough air circulating through the small space.

The next step in making your garage safer is to clear out clutter. Consider donating old clothes and disposing of junk items. Organize the space using plastic containers for storage as opposed to cardboard boxes. Install shelving units to store electrical appliances that can catch on fire.

Experts recommend storing flammable liquids, like propane and oil in a detached shed or an area away from the garage. Also, the fire extinguisher should be easy to access.

If you take the necessary precautions to protect your garage and home you can reduce the likelihood of a fire occurring.

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How Do Whole House Fans Save Energy?

Whole house fans can be a real boon for your energy consumption over the course of the warmer spring, summer, and early autumn months. In fact, it can help you save a great deal of money by allowing you to consume far less energy to keep your house comfortable throughout the year.

The biggest way whole house fans help you save energy is by relying on lower temperatures outside your home to aid in the process of cooling your home.

How does this work?

Before you even turn your whole house fan on, you open all the windows on the lower floor of your home (but it works on one-floor homes as well).  This allows you to draw the cool, fresh air in through the windows. Then, when you turn the fan on, the hot air is pushed up and out of your home through vents in the attic.

Essentially, you’re replacing the warmer air inside your home with cooler air. With this method, nature does a great deal of the heavy lifting and the fans come into the picture to get the air moving, create a nice breeze (depending on the specific type of whole house fan you choose), and eliminate the hot air that can otherwise prevent the rapid cooling of your home in the evening.

The real beauty is that in many situations the fans operate far more efficiently for cooling homes than an air conditioning unit at a fraction of the energy consumption and cost. This means you get the double benefit of doing good things for the planet by consuming less energy — and even better things for your budget.

When should you use whole house fans for the greatest effect?

Whole house fans are commonly used in the early morning hours or the late evening hours, once the sun has set. However, they can be highly effective at any time when the air temperature outside your home is cooler than the temperature inside your home.

It’s true that in some areas of the country people cannot solely rely on a whole house fan to adequately cool their homes all day every day. They can, however, alternate between an air conditioner and a whole house fan to minimize energy consumption while maximizing the comfort of everyone in your home.

That said, people in many areas of the country in moderate temperatures can utilize whole house fans exclusively and run their AC very little, if at all.

With the right whole house fan system in place, you may even consider using judicious zone cooling, only cooling certain areas of the home with the whole house fan, to further reduce your energy consumption. The key is to strike the right balance between energy savings and comfort for the people who call your house home.

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How to Have a Cool Bedroom Even on Hot Nights

It doesn’t take much for the heat of the day to become trapped inside your home creating some very hot summer nights. If your bedroom is located on the second floor, it can become even hotter. That’s because cold air sinks, leaving people sleeping on the second floor of your home to roast.

Fortunately, there are solutions to consider, besides running the AC and running up your energy bill, that will help you keep your cool and get a good night’s sleep even on hot summer nights.

Get Rid of Items that Bring the Heat
Some items heat up a bedroom just by being turned on. This includes laptops, lamps, televisions, and other electronics. Move them to another room. Or, at least turn them off during the summer months. Opt instead to have screen time elsewhere.

While this will solve the problem in the bedroom, cooking is another thing that brings the heat and extends to the entire house. While you still have to eat in the summer, consider some of the other options instead:

Use a crockpot for cooking
Cook outside
Eat cooler meals (like salads and sandwiches) on the hottest days
Embrace microwave cooking

Also consider blocking radiant heat with light blocking, energy efficient curtains in your bedroom. This helps to prevent heat from coming in, which can do a lot to keep your bedroom cooler. If nothing else, just keep the blinds closed. It won’t block all heat but will keep some of it from coming into your bedroom.

Use a Whole House Fan
Using a whole house fan draws cooler air from the outside of your home into your home through open windows on the first floor of your home. Warm air is then expelled through ventilation along your roof, creating a much cooler atmosphere throughout your home and eliminating unwanted hot air that might keep you awake at night.

You might also consider using an attic fan to cool things off as night approaches. Attic fans work especially well when it’s too warm for whole house fans to be beneficial. They not only help to generate a nice cooling breeze throughout your house, but also to draw out moisture and humidity that can damage your home.

Other Tips to Feel Cool in the Bedroom
Other things you can do to help you keep your cool at night include the following:

Drink something ice cold before bed
Switch to cooler sheets, such as moisture-wicking sheet
Switch your lightbulbs. LED bulbs are much cooler than incandescent bulbs
Soak a washcloth in cool water and place around your neck before going to sleep
Put a bowl of ice cubes behind a fan to blow out cool, moist air

These quick tips will help your bedroom feel cooler even on the hottest summer nights. See what an amazing difference they can make in your home.

10 Natural Ventilation Ideas for Your Home

Natural ventilation is one of the most effective and practical ways to accomplish green-living and sustainability, even if you live in an urban environment. Natural ventilation is a method where you draw in cool, fresh air from the outdoors into your home without using your air conditioning system.

Below are 10 methods of using natural ventilation for your home.

1)  Plants
Since people often spend a lot of time inside their home, their top concern and priority should be healthy air quality. If you know anything about plants, you know they release oxygen through photosynthesis.

However, there are also some types of plants that actually work like a built-in-air filtering system as well. In fact, according to a NASA study in 1989, a few common household plants could actually eliminate carcinogenic chemicals like formaldehyde and benzene.

Take the Boston Fern, for example.  A 2010 American Society of Horticultural Science study found these ferns were able to clean the air of formaldehyde more than any other types of plants.

2) Ground Coverings
Cover surrounding grounds and pavements with low heat-absorbing materials or grass. When using grass, for instance, the ground retains extremely minimal heat, which helps direct cool air into your home.

3) Undercut Doors
These create a flow underneath the door without you opening up the room.

4) Whole House Fan
Cool your home, attic or workspace more cost-effectively than if you use your AC unit by using a whole house fan. These days, whole house fans are quiet, and are a cooling powerhouse that pushes the hot air from your home quickly and draws in the natural cool air without noise or vibration. It’s an energy efficient, environmentally friendly alternative to air conditioning.

5) Door and Window Screens
Since they keep the bugs out of your home, you’re more likely to open your windows and doors to let the fresh air in.

6) Attic Vents
When spaced attic vents are properly sized, they help release the hot air from your home efficiently. Use these in conjunction with an attic fan.

7) Transitional Spaces
Incorporate balconies, atriums, courts and other open spaces to enable more air flow.

8) Window Orientation
You should place your windows on the south and north areas of your home for optimal cross-ventilation. By doing this, you’re encouraging a natural breeze that will draw in a fresh, cool air flow into your home, particularly great in the summer months.

9) Clerestories
These don’t just provide you natural illumination, they also improve air movement. Because hot air moves upward, the clerestory acts like a vent and space for the accumulation of hot air.

10) Solar Chimney
Create a solar chimney where the sun will heat the air and the air will rise up to the top of your building and out through the vents. This will lower the pressure in your home and draws in fresh, cool air through inlet ports you have specially placed.

How To Tell If Your Attic Is Too Hot

When temperatures are soaring outside, you can expect your attic to be even hotter. In fact, an attic that isn’t well ventilated can reach as high as 150 degrees in the summer which is fifty degrees higher than it should be. How important is ventilation in the attic area? Well, what many homeowners don’t know is that the attic is much more than just a forgotten space of a house. It’s responsible for keeping the heating in and the cold out.

When The Attic Isn’t Ventilated
When the attic isn’t well ventilated and insulated, this can cause heat to migrate throughout the entire house. In warm climates, where the sun constantly beams down on to the roof the attic quickly fills up with hot air, pushes down into the house and as a result raises the temperature.  When things heat up, you’re more inclined to run the air conditioner longer than you should. As the AC works harder than it normally would it will make your energy bill increase.

Also, high temperatures in the attic can affect the health of your roof. Excessively  high temperatures will eventually lead to deterioration of the items you’ve stored in the space as well as cause moisture problems.

Signs That the Attic Is Too Hot
The attic should have a uniform flow of air circulating from the outside, through the attic to exhaust  the rest of the house. In many instances, an attic fan can be helpful in improving air circulation. So how can you tell if your attic is just too hot? There are a number of ways you can determine whether the temperature in the attic could be damaging.

Record the Temperature
You can start off by using an outside thermometer to measure just how hot it gets in the attic each day, especially on days when the sun is out. Make sure you use a thermometer with a range of at least 130 degrees Fahrenheit

Molding
Have you noticed any molding in the attic? This can be a sign that the space is overheating. Inadequate ventilation will cause moisture and condensation. This can eventually cause damage to the roof deck and sheathing.

Clogged Vents
Some homes have soffit vents which work to move air in and out of the home. If these vents become clogged this can be an indicator of overheating in the attic.

Rotting
Visible rotting such as cracks or shrinking of the wood in the attic is a big indicator that the attic is too hot.

Yes, if you want to keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter it’s important to have a well-ventilated attic. Along with improved energy efficiency, it will also preserve the health of the roof.

How to Child Proof Your Garage

Your garage serves many purposes for your home and your family. Depending on the lifestyle you lead, you may use your garage for one or more of the following activities:

Park your cars to protect them from the elements.
Store items you have no room for in your home.
Work on projects for the home.
Help kids do science projects.
Store paints, cleaning supplies, and other chemicals you don’t want in your home.
Complete wood painting projects.
Repair equipment.
Store gardening supplies.
Keep lawn care tools.

It’s also a room filled with a variety of health and safety risks as well — which is why it’s so important to make sure you take the time to childproof your garage and reduce the hazards your children face when in this versatile room in your home. These tips to childproof will help.

Install a Garage Exhaust Fan
Choosing a QuietCool garage exhaust fan for your garage helps in a variety of ways. First, it helps to reduce heat and moisture in your garage which can cause mold, mildew, and rust in addition to unhealthy warmth on sweltering summer days. Additionally, it can help to clear the air inside your garage so that it’s safer to breathe when you and/or your children are working on school projects in a closed garage.

Make Sure Your Garage Door has Appropriate Reversal Sensors
Not only are new garage doors required by law to have reversal features built into them, if you have children, you can’t afford to fail to make sure your garage door has the photo-eye sensors required to prevent tragedy should a small child run under the garage door as its closing.

Store Hazardous Materials Properly
Not only do you want to avoid storing cleaning supplies and other potentially harmful chemicals kept in your garage safely out of the reach of your children, but you also want to make sure you aren’t storing flammable chemicals near open flames or heat sources.

Keep Garage Doors Well Maintained
It’s important that your garage doors have the appropriate safety features. However, that isn’t enough. They must be properly maintained so you can avert potential disasters due to an improperly functioning garage door.

Childhood is supposed to be a time of fun and great memories. Your garage can be a place where many of these amazing memories are made. Don’t make it the home of tragedy instead. Act now to prevent disasters in your garage and make it a safer place for all the things you do there.

Common Garage Door Injuries in Summer

Summer means warmer weather, more honey do projects, and more kids playing outside. If you have a garage, summertime is also a time when certain garage door injuries are more likely to occur. These accidents can not only cause minor injuries, such as cuts, scrapes, and falls, but may result in more substantial injuries, including:

Dismemberment (loss of fingers or limbs)
Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
Death

In other words, these summertime garage door injuries should not be easily dismissed. Especially when many of them are easily preventable.

Pinching or Crushing Injuries
These types of injuries typically occur when fingers are caught between section joints. The consequences of these injuries can be amputations on the more serious end of the spectrum and painful cuts and other injuries on the less severe end of the scale.

Either way, teaching children to avoid placing their hands near section joints of the garage, ever, can prevent these types of injuries. Remaining vigilant when opening or closing garages to verify that no child is in the area will help as well.

Additionally, keep an eye on children playing near the garage, any time the door is open. Unexpected accidents occur all the time, but these types of tragedies can often be avoided with actions similar to what’s been described above.

Additionally, when garage doors fall, some children may be caught in the path and injured by a door falling on them. These types of injuries may result in devastating injuries like traumatic brain injuries, broken or crushed limbs, or even death.

Getting Locked in the Garage
This is especially problematic in older garage doors that may be in various states of disrepair. Rusted springs or springs that are cracked or have loosened can cause the garage to fall unexpectedly trapping young children in the garage.

During summer, this can be a problem on two fronts.

Garages can get extremely hot during the summer.

Many people store hazardous chemicals and other materials in garages that can put off noxious fumes when temperatures rise.

Aside from being diligent about garage and garage door maintenance, you may consider installing a garage exhaust fan that draws toxic fumes and oppressive heat out of your garage.

Word of Caution
Finally, don’t rely on built-in safety features that are supposed to cause garage doors to reverse when children cross their paths. A recent study concluded that while 88 percent of garage door openers reversed, according to design, when encountering blocks of wood, nearly 40 percent of them failed to do so, coming down on child-sized mannequins instead of reversing course. Don’t let tragedy strike.

Instead, teach your children to respect and avoid garage doors whenever possible and to never play in or around them.

June is Garage Door Safety Month

The Door & Access Systems Manufacturers Association (DASMA) together with the International Door Association (IDA) have designated the month of June as Garage Door Safety Month. During this month they intend to educate consumers about safety issues related to garage doors and their operation.

Why the Need for Garage Door Safety?

The garage door is the single largest moving object in the average American home. When properly installed, maintained, and tested these doors offer trouble-free operation. However, when improperly installed or poorly maintained, these doors can close with destructive and/or deadly force if someone or something is in its path.

That extends to:

People
Pets
Children
Bicycles
Toys
Vehicles

You get the picture. Without the proper safety measures in place and working effectively, your garage door can place you, your possessions, and your loved ones at great risk.

Safety Guidelines for Garage

Below you will find a few key precautions and safety reminders to help you avoid many possible disasters that may occur as a result of your garage door system.

Teach your children not to play “beat the door” games where they attempt to run under the door before it comes all the way down.

Don’t let children observe you racing the door either (they learn far more from what they see you do than what you tell them not to do).

Don’t allow children to play with garage door openers.

Install wall openers for your garage beyond the reach of your children.

Teach your children to keep hands, fingers, etc. away from the joints, hinges, springs, and other parts of your garage doors to avoid injuries.

Test safety features on your garage door monthly to make sure it will reverse properly if someone or something obstructs the path.

Replace garage doors made prior to January 1, 1993 that do not have advanced safety features installed to protect children, pets, and property.

Garage safety is not something you think about every day, which is why these organizations have set aside an entire month to focus on improving garage door safety – so your family never needs to experience an unnecessary tragedy related to your garage door.

Other safety features you might want to consider for your garage includes installing a garage exhaust fan. Not only will this fan help to expel hot air from your garage, regulating the temperature much more effectively, but it can also rid your garage of toxic fumes and unwanted condensation.

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10 Ways to Cool Your Home Without Central AC

Not everyone in the U.S. has the luxury of central air conditioning systems to help ward off the worst of the dog days of summer. Even if you do, there are days when your AC unit may be on the fritz or in need of repairs. Besides that, running an air conditioner constantly causes your electric bill to go sky high.

When the time comes for you to beat the heat without the benefit of central AC, these 10 ways might be of help.

  1. Use Blackout Curtains
    These curtains provide a layer of insulation on your windows that prevents the heat from coming inside your home and taking up permanent residence.
  1. Close Doors to Unused Rooms
    Focus all your cooling efforts during the day on rooms that are used most frequently by the family. Close off the doors to all other rooms so that precious cool air isn’t wasted on unused spaces.
  1. Make Your Own Air Conditioner
    There are a variety of DIY air conditioners on the market that offer limited success. Trial and error may net you one of the winners. Of course, some people swear by the method of placing a shallow dish of ice cold water in front of a fan for moving cool air through a warm room.
  1. Create a Cross Breeze in Your Home
    Open windows on opposite sides of the home to create a path of airflow throughout the home. Improve the flow of cool air coming into your home by placing a box fan in one window blowing into the room to draw in cool air and the opposite window (blowing out of the home) to remove warm air.
  1. Hydrate
    There aren’t enough good things that can be said about hydrating to help you keep your cool no matter what the weather or the temperature inside your home is doing. Drink ice cold water and see what a difference it makes.
  1. Install a Whole House Fan
    Whole house fans work by drawing fresh, cool air into your home through open windows on the lowest floor of your home and expelling warm, stale air through vents in the attic. It is an efficient way to cool your home and can, in some areas, eliminate your need for additional cooling, like air conditioning. An attic fan can help to cool a hot attic as well.
  1. Use Cooling Pillows and Sheets
    There are a variety of gel pillows designed to have a cooling impact while you sleep. Additionally, there are sheets on the market designed to wick moisture and heat away from the body, so you sleep cooler at night.
  1. Cool Yourself
    Use a cool, damp washcloth at pressure points (wrist, neck, etc.) to help your entire body feel cooler.
  1. Cook Sparingly and Wisely
    Consider alternatives to cooking during the hottest summer evenings, opting instead for microwave meals, crockpot preparations, meals served cold (salads and cold cuts, for example), or grilling outside your home.
  1. Switch Your Bulbs
    Rosie on the House did an experiment to determine which light bulbs burned hottest and which burned coolest. Believe it or not, there is a wide swing, 170 degrees per bulb between the hottest (halogen bulbs at 279 degrees) and the coolest (LED bulbs at 109 degrees). Incandescent bulbs were the second biggest losers at 215 degrees and CFL bulbs weighed in at 148 degrees. The more bulbs you have in your home, the more they can increase the temperature inside your home.

Little things to help you keep your cool can make a huge difference when you don’t have central air conditioning during the summer. Keep these 10 ways to cool down in mind if you find yourself in need of a little relief from the summer heat.

Ways to Prune Summer Cooling Bills

During the hot temperatures of summer, heavy use of your air conditioner, refrigerator, humidifiers, and other home appliances can increase your electric bills exponentially. Power companies, in many regions, charge you on a tiered basis for electrical usage.

And, the more electricity you use, the more you’re going to pay. The cost of extra power can almost triple during any given month when you have used up your allocated amount of electricity. One top strategy to save money is to eliminate this excess usage.

The U.S. News and World Reports list a number of ways you can lower your electric bills for cooling including:

  1. Use Your Air Conditioning in a Smart Way
    Your air conditioning is a huge culprit of what spikes your electric bills in the summer. Just by using less AC, you can cut back on your power usage significantly. You can save money simply by keeping your thermostat set at 78 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. If this seems like you’ll end up living in a hot home, there are a few other things you can do.

For instance, don’t cool your home when you’re not there. Install a programmable thermostat if you don’t already have one. This helps to eliminate wasted energy when you’re not there. Set the thermostat so that while you’re away or sleeping it kicks the AC up a few degrees automatically to room temperature. When you’re home and moving around, you can keep it a little cooler.

Also, don’t chill rooms that you’re not using. In unused guest rooms or other areas of your home you’re not using, close the registers. Just make sure you close the doors to these rooms unless your thermostat is located in one of them; keep the door open to that room.

  1. Install Attic Fans to Ventilate Super-Heated Air from the Attic
    Installing an attic fan will help you cool your home more efficiently. Hot air from your attic transfers to your ceiling below and this raises the temperature in the other rooms of your home significantly. An attic fan draws in the cooler air from the outdoors through the vents of your attic (gable and soffit) and pushes the indoor hot air outdoors.
  1. Reduce Humidity
    Your air will feel warmer when high humidity hits. By lowering the humidity, your home will feel cooler. A big part of the job of your AC unit is to eliminate the humidity from your indoor air which makes it feel cooler. Minimize humidity-creating activities like cooking and washing and drying your clothes to cut back on the work of your AC unit. When cooking or showering, run ventilation fans, but refrain from overusing them. After you use them, turn them off to prevent the AC-cooled air from expelling from your home.
  1. Install a Whole House Fan
    If you don’t have an air conditioner or you want to give it a break, consider installing a whole-house fan, like the QC ES-6000 Energy Saver Whole House Fan, that draws in the outdoor cool air and exhausts the hotter air from your home. Whole house fans exhaust the hot air through your windows or attic soffits which cools your home. By eliminating the hot air in your home with a whole house fan, you also create air circulation that helps to prevent indoor allergies and air pollution that can occur from air filled with stagnant pollen.

If you’re looking to cut your summer cooling bills this year, contact us here at WholeHouseFan to learn out how an attic fan or whole house fan can help.

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How to Cool an Older Home

Keeping your cool in an older home can be quite challenging. Many older homes lack the high levels of energy efficiency newer models of homes have. Unfortunately, the design of many older homes prevents you from adding traditional ducts necessary to install central heating and air conditioning units without sacrificing the historic characteristics of the home.

That doesn’t mean you’re out of options for keeping your home cool though. These tips are all worth considering if you want to have your older home and live in it this summer, too.

Consider Investing in a Mini-Duct Air Conditioning System
Mini-duct systems can be highly efficient at cooling small areas of your home. Rather than using large ducts required by traditional central air units, it uses ducts that are smaller in diameter and can run along floor joists in the home.

The downside of this system is that because the ducts are smaller, they must force air out more forcefully, so you won’t want the vents in areas where people congregate lest you create cold spots. The other downside is the cost. Depending on the size of your home, you may require two or more systems to cool effectively, which can add up fast.

Install Ductless Air Conditioning
Another option to consider is the use of ductless air conditioning. These systems can cool a variety of spaces effectively. They create less noise than traditional window air conditioning units as the compressor operates outside your home with the “evaporator” system working on the inside to cool your home.

Buy Portable Air Conditioners for Limited Cooling
Portable air conditioners are highly efficient at cooling small spaces. If you’re primarily interested in zone cooling, this is a cost-effective choice for many people who own older homes and almost anyone who rents an older home and cannot make structural changes to the home.

However, it does have its limitations. Unless you intend to take the unit from room to room with you, it can only cool one designated area at a time – and only according to the size of the unit you purchase. It is important to choose a unit sized right for your living space.

Invest in a Whole House Fan
Perhaps the best option for people who own older homes is the whole house fan. It allows fresh, clean air to be drawn in from lower floor windows and super-heated air to be expelled from the home through vents in the roof. This is ideally used in overnight and early morning areas when the temperatures outside are typically lower than those inside the home and can create a nice cool breeze that keeps everyone comfortable.

The beauty of a whole house fan is that it can be used alone to help cool your home or in combination with window, portable, ductless, and even mini-duct air conditioning systems to provide additional cooling during the hottest hours of the day.

Keeping your cool when the day heats up isn’t always easy if you own an older home. These great methods can help.

If you just recently purchased an older home or have been living in one and looking for a new and better cooling solution, contact us here at WholeHouseFan for free expert advice: 1.888.229.5757 Direct: 1-661-775-5979