Have you heard of a whole house fan or an attic fan? Are you wondering how having a fan in your attic could possibly increase your comfort in the rest of your house? It may be surprising, but there are many benefits to a whole house fan which, yes, is installed in your attic.
The benefits reach far beyond basic comfort as well. They can increase your energy efficiency, reduce your utility bills, and even help prevent damage to your roof.
If you’re considering the possibility of getting a whole house fan in Santa Fe, NM, our friendly and qualified team at Roadrunner Air Conditioning, Heating, and Plumbing are happy to help you make the right choice for your home and your lifestyle. If you’re not sure whether a whole house fan will provide the comfort and other benefits you’re hoping to get, here are some ways that having a whole house fan can be good for your house and the people in it.
An attic fan is sometimes called an attic ventilator, but it provides a service that is tremendously more effective than a simple vent. The system of the fan and the vents that create a corridor for airflow brings cool breezes through your house and up into the attic. These breezes can be very pleasant, but there’s more. When used in combination with an air conditioner, it can reduce attic temperatures on hot days by fifty degrees or more!
When you’re not struggling under the overheated burden of an attic with temperatures upwards of 150 degrees on hot summer days, you won’t need to turn your thermostat so low just to keep the rest of your house comfortable. A whole house fan can allow you to raise your thermostat significantly while staying just as cool. You’ll be reducing your air conditioner’s energy consumption by 50 percent or even much more, and doing the planet a favor in the meantime.
Of course, using a lot less energy for your air conditioner means paying a lot less for your utility bills. But the savings can be even greater than that. With an air conditioner operating less of the time and not having to work so hard, there will be less wear and tear on the system. Repairs will be less frequent, and your AC unit will last longer, putting off the expense of replacement.
Saving Your Roof from Damage
You know that hot air rises. That’s why the temperature in your attic gets so high. But consider the hot, steamy air from your shower or from cooking. That also rises—and it brings all that moisture with it. Where does it end up? In your attic, of course. Excess moisture in the summer can lead to swelling and mildew. But in the winter, it can be even worse: when that moisture freezes, it expands, and that can damage the structure of your roof.
Contact us today to find out more about your whole house fan options.