Attic fans are a unique way to cool and ventilate the home without much of the costs that are associated with traditional air conditioning systems. Used in conjunction with an air conditioner, attic fans can reduce your environmental impact. Many people don’t know how air conditioning works -Â basically, the air in your home is being replaced with the same air, but air that is filtered and cooled. In order to cool the entire home, fans are used to spread the cool air throughout each room. And having an attic fan can increase the cooling power of your air conditioner, so that you can minimize both your carbon footprint and monthly utility bills. Here is how to use attic fans to cool your entire home.
First, it is important to follow the directions on your attic fan very carefully. Each attic fan apparatus may operate differently from other attic fans. When it comes to these types of fans, there is not one universal operating platform. Basically, each one has different functions, features and even warnings. If you want to provide the perfect cooling power to your home, it is important to read and follow the instructions that come with your attic fan system before you operate the unit. The last thing you want is to cause damage to the attic fan or your home.
When you first install your attic fan system, you want to run the system on full blast to get things running. This will essentially put your system in gear, so that it performs at optimal efficiency. Also, you want to get all the factory air out of the fan before it circulates throughout your home. Not only that, but you want to clear the vents and slats of any debris or detritus.
Next, you want to find the perfect power level that provides the most optimal cooling power for your home. It may take a while to find the perfect level, but when you do, you won’t want to turn the dial. When it comes to using attic fans, you want to be careful, because if you don’t turn the ceiling fan on high enough, it could result in your home feeling too warm. If you turn it on too high, it could be too cool in your home. After a few trial and error attempts, you should be able to find the perfect level.
Lastly, depending on if you want your attic fans to work in conjunction with your air conditioner, you want to make sure that all the windows are closed. If you leave windows open while blasting your air conditioner, you could waste time, energy and money. However, if you are using your attic fans as an alternative to air conditioning, you may want to leave the windows slightly open, because many attic fans take the air inside and send it outside – all in a process ventilating the air. Depending on what your individual needs are, it may be wise to speak with an HVAC specialist about whether or not you should install an attic fan to cool your home.