Another great energy savings system that receives little notice is that of the Whole House Fan. Primarily they are found in the southern tier states of the US or locations that experience a more temperate and mild climate year round but in recent years are expanding to nearly every state in the US. Their ability to utilize a bi-directional air movement control to determine the direction of air movement within the home depending on the outdoor ambient temperature takes full advantage of natural heating and cooling effects. We are all very familiar with just how hot temperatures can climb in an enclosed attic space during the summer months, but few take into account these temperatures during winter months and quite literally allow a great heat source to go to complete waste by not using it throughout their home with this very simple system.
As mentioned previously in last weeks blog, the summer sun’s heat can turn any attic into an oven with temperatures climbing to well over 200 degrees F without proper ventilation and this heat is very damaging to roof shingles and if you have never had to replace an entire roof due to heat damage I can sum it up in one word – Expensive! Keeping your attic and thereby your roof cooler will greatly extend the life of your roofing
shingles and by employing a whole house fan which is typically installed in the ceiling of the first floor you can achieve this very easily. During summer months the whole house fan will draw air from the first floor into the attic space where it is then vented out either through roof mounted attic vent(s) or through a controllable gable end vent. Cooler ground air is drawn into the home and distributed throughout the homes first floor as this air can be pulled in through open windows or from the basement if you have one. Thermal imaging of homes that are currently utilizing the cooling benefits of whole house fans are indisputable as are shown in these images which clearly shows the bright purple or green colors which signifies cooler temperatures.
It is no secret that energy costs have risen sharply in such a short period of time and despite all of the complaining to local or state level politicians nothing is being done to reduce your costs but what you yourself are prepared to do in reducing them through energy efficient means. The cost of these systems when compared to the amount of money you are currently spending on electricity or gas operated heating and cooling systems is very small at best. When you can realize a return on investment within the first year of operation it makes all the sense in the world to get this system installed in your home as soon as possible so that you can start saving immediately. Visit our web site where you will find both attic vent and whole house fans or read more on our great energy savings products and learn more about just how easily we can assist you in not only purchasing but having them installed quickly by professional installers.