Does a Whole House Fan Work in Every Season?
Installing a whole house fan can help cool your home in the summer and can also be used during other seasons to keep your home comfortable and help reduce your energy bills.
Wondering how to get the best use out of your whole house fan? Here are some top tips for using it in every season.
What is a whole house fan, and how does it work?
Whole house fans are large, powerful fans that can cool your entire home. In general, they work by blowing out hot air from the attic and replacing it with cooler air drawn in through windows.
Use During the Night to Naturally Cool your Home and Lower Energy Bills
Most of us think about using a whole house fan during the day to cool our homes, but we don’t think about using them at night.
Using a whole house fan at night is a great way to naturally cool your home and lower energy bills.
How to Use a Whole House Fan in the Winter
Whole house fans are designed to help your home stay cool in the summer, but they’re also helpful for your home in the winter.
Get Rid of Stale Air
Whole house fans are an excellent way to get rid of stale air in your home. In winter, the warm air you want to feel during the day is trapped inside by windows, doors, and walls. But eventually, this air becomes tainted by indoor pollutants.
Ventilating your home with fresher air helps you get a better night’s sleep and prevents bugs and viruses from hanging around.
Reduces Moisture Buildup
Whole house fans have been used for decades as an alternative to air conditioners and dehumidifiers. They work by taking advantage of the natural pressure differential between the inside and outside of your home.
This differential causes warm air near the roofline to rise through the attic, creating a pressure imbalance that pulls in fresh air from outside through the open windows on lower floors.
Vent Cooking Smells
Whole house fans can also be used to help get rid of cooking smells in your home. They easily remove odors from the kitchen and dining areas, leaving behind a fresher scent.
They do this by drawing air into your home’s attic space and pushing it out through louvers or vents on the roof. As air is pulled through these vents, it causes positive pressure that removes cooking smells and other pollutants from your kitchen and dining area, eliminating them from your home altogether.
Extra Operating Tips
You’ll want to use your whole house fan safely to avoid potential problems or injuries. Here are some things you should know before using a whole house fan.
Close the Fireplace Flue when Using a Whole House Fan
Many homeowners are surprised to learn that a whole house fan should be used with the fireplace flue closed.
Don’t Use Your Whole House Fan When the Humidity is High
A whole house fan is a great way to help cool down your home during the hot summer months, but it can also worsen things if you use it when the humidity is high.
Because the humid air will be sucked into your home and blown out through the attic and roof vents. This means that it doesn’t circulate throughout your entire house, which can lead to mold growth.
Want to find out more about whole house fans? Contact the HVAC experts at Bell Bros today.