Attic fans, sometimes also called whole house fans, are appliances which are installed within the attic to improve the ventilation of your entire home. They are an alternative or complement to traditional central air conditioning systems, though they work much differently. Because of their unique method of cooling down your home, attic fans carry a distinctive set of advantages with them. Understanding what attic fans have to offer can help you decide whether or not they are the right choice for your home's cooling needs.
Attic fans can help reduce the overall temperature within your home during the summer months by pumping hot air out of your home as it rises. This also allows for greater circulation of air throughout your home, resulting in lower humidity levels and increased air quality, as fresh air is allowed to flow into your home as well, as opposed to traditional central air conditioning systems which operate under a closed loop.
Since your attic fan will be pumping air out of your attic constantly during the summer months, moisture won't get a chance to sit within your attic and create a humid environment for mold and mildew to grow in. If left unchecked, such mold can spread onto the supporting structure of your roof, which can cause it to break down and rot. Furthermore, sudden autumn cold snaps can cause such moisture to freeze, expanding and causing potential damage to your roof. However, as long as your fan is running, moisture won't have a chance to build up in your attic.
Reduced Air Conditioner Load
Attic fans are not enough to cool down the entirety of your home by themselves, but when used in concert with an air conditioner, are able to keep your home at comfortable temperature levels throughout the summer. What attic fans do instead is reduce the load that your air conditioner is under: you can either run your air conditioner less or increase the temperature that it is set to, and the fan will make up the deficit. This has two main benefits: firstly, you will save money on your energy bills, as attic fans use less energy than central air conditioners do (the exact amount of money saved will depend on the size of both appliances and power costs in your region). Secondly, you will reduce the load on your air conditioner, reducing the likelihood of something going wrong and needing repairs. This can help extend the lifespan of your air conditioner and save you money on maintenance in the long run.
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3 May 2016
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