Can I Run My Whole House Fan All Night?
The days can get very hot and when the ambient temperature is very high, indoor spaces can get stifling. The problem with using air conditioning is the amount of electricity consumed. Even the most efficient of units are power-hungry and this will reflect in your utility bills. Additionally, running an air conditioner for long hours will increase your home's carbon footprint. If the amount you pay for electricity is not a serious concern, the amount of power you are using and the impact on the environment should be. But that does not mean that you and your family need to suffer heat and discomfort. All you need to do is install a whole house fan. You can run it for as long as you need to, even all night, and as long as the outside temperature is lower than the indoor temperature, your home will be cool and fresh.
How to Get the Most from Your Whole House Fan
- When the outside air is cooler than the air in your home, turn on the whole house fan.
- Ensure that your air conditioner is off when the fan is on. The A/C will not increase the cooling and will only waste electricity.
- Keep at least one window open so that the fan can draw in the cool fresh outside air.
- If the fan has adjustable speed, start it off at the highest to rapidly flush out the old stale indoor air and bring in the outside air.
- Run the fan all night. In fact, run it as long as the outside air temperature is lower. The goal is not just to bring down the indoor air temperature but to cool down the structure. The bricks, concrete, wood, sheetrock and the furniture and fabrics in the house all absorb heat. When the temperature drops, they start to radiate that heat and keep the internal temperature high. When a whole house fan is running, the movement of air through the house will draw the heat out and bring down the residual heat. This means that when you do turn on the air conditioning, you will be starting with a cooler house so the heat load is lower. That reduces the amount of cooling the air conditioner has to do so the indoor temperature becomes comfortable faster and the amount of power used is reduced.
- Indoor air can become stale and polluted gradually so the occupants of the house do not notice the deterioration in air quality and continue to breathe stale air. A whole house fan will keep bringing in fresh outside air to replace the stale old air. The longer the fan is running, the fresher the air remains.
Keep Using Your Whole House Fan
A whole house fan will keep the indoor temperature cool and the air fresh. It is far more cost-effective than air conditioning. Use it as much as you can to keep your home comfortable and the air crisp while saving on electricity and reducing your carbon footprint. The best result will come from the best whole house fans. Getting the best one for your home is simple and quick. All you need to do is contact Sunlight Concepts for solatube installation.
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