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You clicked on this link for answers or just to be more educated on whole house fans. To begin, whole house fans are mounted in the attic of your home. When turned on, the fan sucks up outside air in through your home and out through the attic. But you’re probably wondering what are the most effective ways to use a whole house fan, when to turn them on or how you’re saving money using a whole house fan.

First things first, before we continue, whole house fans are only useful in some geographic climates of the United States. States like California, Colorado, Utah, and Idaho get really warm Summers with day time weather than can vary from 75-100 degrees Fahrenheit and cool nights that drop to 45-60 degrees Fahrenheit. Now, States like Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and Lousiana aren’t ideal states to have or operate whole house fans because of the Humidity. So if you live in a state that has high humidity maybe whole house fans aren’t good for your home.

Let’s jump back to the topic of whole house fans. Let’s explore the three main questions most homeowners ask.

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How do whole house fans work and what are the most effective ways to use them

Whole house fans act like a giant vacuum that sucks up air through your home and exhausts air out through the attic. Sounds simple right? Because it is simple!

  1. Figure out what part of your home you want to cool down
  2. Once you figured out what area you want to cool down, crack open the window associated with the targeted area about 4-5 inches.
  3. Turn your fan on
  4. Now Feel the breeze

See! It’s easy.

But now you’re wondering what are the most effective ways to use them. Below you’ll find six ways that you can use a whole house fan effectively other than cooling down your home.

  1. Flushes out hot stale air that’s been building up in your home
  2. Removes pet dander
  3. Exhausts bathroom steam and humidity
  4. Expels germs, smoke and VOC gases
  5. Helps prevent mold and mildew
  6. Eliminated most odors

When do you turn a whole house fan on

Whole house fans are meant to ultimately cool your home. With that being said, when the outside temperature is cooler than the inside temperature of your home, use a whole house fan. This doesn’t mean use the fan when it’s 100 degrees Fahrenheit outside and your home is 105 degrees Fahrenheit inside. In some rare occasions, you would use a whole house fan to warm up your home, but again that’s rare.

You wouldn’t turn on a whole house fan when an air conditioning unit is running. The cold air that’s stored in your home will be exhausted out into the attic if the fan was turned on. This would defeat the purpose of running A/C.

How do you save money?

There are lots of articles online talking about the good and the bad of whole house fans. Most of the articles that talk about the “bads” of a whole house fan fail to talk about the savings. So let’s just break down a few comparisons and let you decide for yourself.

Example 1) Using a 3 Ton, 36,000 BTU Air Conditioning Unit operating at 3,500 watts in California with an average price of 16.7 cents per kWh for 8 hours.

Cost Per Hour: 0.5600
Cost Per Day: 4.4800
Cost Per Month: 136.28
Cost Per Year: 1635.38
kWh Per Day: 28.00

Example 2) Using a 5 Ton, 60,000 BTU Air Conditioning Unit operating at 4,860 watts in California with an average price of 16.7 cents per kWh for 8 hours.

Cost Per Hour: 0.7776
Cost Per Day: 6.2208
Cost Per Month: 189.24
Cost Per Year: 2270.84
kWh Per Day: 38.88

Example 3) Using a QuietCool Stealth Pro 4.8X Whole House Fan operating at 408 Watts on High Speed in California with an average price of 16.7 cents per kWh for 8 hours.

Cost Per Hour: 0.0653
Cost Per Day: 0.5222
Cost Per Month: 15.89
Cost Per Year: 190.64
kWh Per Day: 3.26

Example 4) Using a QuietCool Stealth Pro 7.0X Whole House Fan operating at 113 Watts on Low Speed in California with an average price of 16.7 cents per kWh for 8 hours.

Cost Per Hour: 0.0181
Cost Per Day: 0.1446
Cost Per Month: 4.40
Cost Per Year: 52.80
kWh Per Day: 0.90

As you can see the savings you would receive from using a QuietCool whole house fan far outweighs using an air conditioning unit. Now that doesn’t mean we are saying don’t ever use an air conditioning unit, but it’s our way of saying use both a whole house fan and air conditioning unit when the weather permits.

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