Should I get an Attic Fan? Quakertown Electrician

Should I get attic Fan? Quakertown Electrician

by Zach Shaw

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Should I get an attic fan? Quakertown Electrician

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:

  1. 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.
  2. Attic fans use only about 10%-15% of energy that an air conditioner would use. This will save costs on your electric bill.
  3. Your attic needs to have good ventilation sysytem. The attic fan needs a way to circulate air out of the attic.
  4. 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.
  5. Keep in mind, attic fans will not remove the humidity in the air if humidity is a concern.
  6. 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

 

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Spring Home Maintenance Checklist Quakertown Electrician

Spring Home Maintenance Checklist Quakertown Electrician

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Spring Home maintenance Checklist- Quakertown Electrician

Spring is coming!! When you think of spring and your home, you may think of spring cleaning. However, besides cleaning, there are a lot of items to check to make sure your house is in top shape. Here are some few ideas on what you may want to check up on.

Spring Home Maintenance Checklist

  • Check your windows. Check for any air leaks (you don’t want your cool air from the AC leaking out, right?) Also, check you screens: do they have any holes? If you have a screened in porch, check those screens as well.
  • Check your ceiling fans Do they shake violently or make too much noise? If you change the direction of your fan for the winter, (to maximize your warm air flow), don’t forget to change the direction back. Also, now it the time to schedule installing a ceiling fan if you have been considering of getting one.
  • Check you AC units or HVAC. Make sure your air works before it gets hot. And if you have an HVAC unit, don’t forget to change the filters.
  • Check your smoke detectors. Change your batteries. A good way to remember is change your smoke detector batteries when daylight savings starts and ends.
  • Check your roof and gutters Make sure your roof is in good order. And if you have a chimney, don’t forget to inspect it. Clean out your gutters and drain spouts.
  • Check your sprinkler system  Make sure they aren’t leaking and the sprinkler heads are working properly.
  • Check your exterior siding and paint Check for mold growing on the side of your house as well as peeling paint. A power washing may be in order or a new coat of paint.
  • Check your landscape lighting and porch lights Make sure all your outside lights are in working order.

I hope you are excited for Spring and that you find this list useful. If you need any assistance that requires electrical work, feel free to contact us! We would be happy to give you a free estimate. Happy Spring!

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