Should I get attic Fan? Quakertown Electrician
by Zach Shaw
Summer is approaching in the near future and I would like to address about attic fans (aka house fans). Some of you may be thinking: “Are they worth the investment or should I invest in a good AC system? Will attic fans save on electric?”
SHORT ANSWER: YES. They save on electric ( they only use 10-15% of energy an AC would use) and they are worth the investment. BUT they aren’t efficient in every home.
Let me break it down for you:
How an attic fan works: Usually a whole-house fan is mounted in the attic floor, above a grille in the ceiling of a prominent hallway. Once the outdoor temperature cools down — usually in the evening or early morning — the homeowner opens a few downstairs windows, and turns on the fan.
The fan pulls air from the hallway and blows it into the attic. Since attic fans are relatively powerful, they quickly exhaust the hot indoor air, allowing cooler outdoor air to enter through the downstairs windows. On average, attic fans can cool down a house in less than an hour. Once the house has cooled off, the fan can be turned off and the windows closed. The idea is to close the windows after the fan is off (early morning until evening) to trap the cool air inside. This method is an alternative instead of using air conditioning.
Here are some things to consider:
- For an attic fan to work, you NEED to have the windows open. For someone that suffers from allergies, an attic fan may not be a good fit.
- Attic fans use only about 10%-15% of energy that an air conditioner would use. This will save costs on your electric bill.
- Your attic needs to have good ventilation sysytem. The attic fan needs a way to circulate air out of the attic.
- For proper cooling at night, the temperature outside needs to be 80 degrees or lower. Although, using the attic fan in the spring or fall is another option if the summer nights get too warm.
- Keep in mind, attic fans will not remove the humidity in the air if humidity is a concern.
- Attic fans can cool down the house fast at night (an hour or less) and it is a great alternative for those who want to save on cooling costs, but want to stay cool at night.
Attic fans aren’t for everyone, but it can be a great alternative after the above points are considered.
If you are considering about installing an attic fan, or have questions, free feel to contact us at: 267-371-3193
Zebra Electric Inc