A whole house fan is a very effective cooling solution that works by moving warm air up and out of your home to achieve a more comfortable temperature during the summer months. Here is all you need to know before installing a whole house fan in your home:
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What Is The Purpose of a Whole House Fan?
A whole house fan is a big fan that is placed at the highest point of your house. Air is drawn up and out of a home, creating a negative pressure difference that draws fresh air into the property through open doors and windows. A whole house fan is an ideal solution for those who want to improve air circulation without having to install an AC. Compared to conventional air conditioning, whole house fans are much less costly and may effectively cool a home if they are correctly installed.
Size, Types, and Installation of Whole House Fans
When installing a new whole house fan for your home, you’ll need to consider several factors, including the sort of ventilation system you have in place and the amount of available space.
There are two different types of whole house fans available:
- Direct Drive
- Belt Drive
A direct-drive fan is one in which the blades are directly connected to the motor shaft. Belt-driven fans turn their blades with the help of a belt and pulley. Although direct-drive fans tend to be noisier than belt-driven fans, both effectively keep your house cool.
It is critical to ensure that the fan can expel the hot, stale air, regardless of whether you opt for a direct-drive or belt-driven fan. A poorly ventilated attic will cause the fan to malfunction, and your attic may become infested with mold and mildew as a result of the lack of ventilation.
To figure out how big a fan you’ll need, multiply the square footage of your property’s living area (excluding the attic, garage, or basement) by three. Using this formula, you will find out how many cubic feet per minute your fan will require to be able to move. Calculate the attic ventilation’s square footage needed for your new whole house fan by dividing the CFM by 750.
The following are the stages of choosing and installing a whole house fan in your home:
- Understand what size whole-house fan will be required for your home
- Access the attic and determine the best spot for the fan installation
- Strip the plywood floor as well as the insulation that was covering the installation site before beginning the project
- Make a fan frame out of 2×10 boards cut to fit snugly between the attic floor joists
- Cut through the ceiling right under the frame
- To properly seal the area around the fan installation site, spray foam insulation and weatherstripping should be used
- Install the fan and tighten it down with the screws or clasps that the manufacturer recommended
- Attach the grill of the fan underneath the fan
- Connect the fan to the wall outlet
- Open all of the windows and doors in your house
- Open the vents or windows in the attic
- Switch the fan on
Choosing and installing the best whole house fan for your home is a complex process. Make sure you contact OneStop Pro to learn more about how we can assist you.
How to Operate Your Whole House Fan
Once your whole house fan has been installed, there are many things you can do to increase its output. Take a look at these suggestions for making the most of your new cooling system:
- Make use of your whole-house fan at nighttime when the outside temperature is cooler than the temperature indoors.
- A whole house fan will not keep your house cool in hot weather, but it will make the air circulate.
- Connect your new whole house fan to a timer or programmable thermostat. This will allow the fan to switch on automatically during particular conditions or at set times.
- Reduce airflow in rooms that aren’t being utilized by closing windows and doors.
Call OneStop Pro to Get Your Whole House Fan Installed
You’ll never have to worry about stagnant air again when our team installs a whole house fan for your home. Call our HVAC experts now at 630-733-9000! We’re available to answer any questions or concerns that come up during the process – we want to make sure it goes as smoothly as possible for you!
If you are looking to install a new whole house fan, call OneStop Pro at 630-733-9000. Our knowledgeable team is ready to answer your questions and take care of all your ventilation needs.
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