Energy-efficient House Fans

Over the last few years a lot of people have become very concerned about air conditioning. The problem is mainly the amount of energy that they use. However there are other problems as well like the use of freon to cool the air and the environmental damage that can cause. As a result a lot of people are looking for alternatives, one of those is energy-efficient house fans.

In recent years the cost of electricity has gone up pretty dramatically because of a shortage of capacity to generate it. Since it looks unlikely that new power plants are going to be built anytime soon a lot of effort is now being put into reducing the amount of electricity that we use. One of the biggest users of electricity in most homes is the air conditioner. Clearly this is something that you need if you live in an area where it gets hot during the summer. The problem is that they use a lot of electricity making them very expensive to operate. Fortunately a new option has appeared to replace the air conditioner, these are whole house fans.

Whole house fans are not fans in the way that you traditionally think of fans. They are not the little things that you put in your living room on hot days. Rather it is a fan that is permanently installed in your attic. It will cool the entire house by drawing cool air in through the windows and ventilating it out through the attic. This allows you to cool the house through evaporative cooling and also provides for better ventilation. More importantly it will keep your house cool for far less than the cost of an air conditioner.

Not only does a whole house fan save you money by using less electricity it can also help you to save in other ways. Firstly they are much cheaper than an air conditioner so if you have to decide between the two you can save a lot of money right there. Depending on where you live you might also get a tax rebate for installing one. Energy-efficient house fans will normally qualify for a rebates since they reduce the amount of energy that you use.

A whole house fan is very easy to install and it can usually be done by the homeowner. Obviously if you prefer there are companies that will do it for you but most people can do it themselves. It doesn't require any major alterations to your home, you simply have to install it in your attic, it takes advantage of the vents that are already there. There are plenty of companies that sell energy-efficient house fans so you will have to put a little bit of thought into making sure that you get the best option for your house. The main thing is to make sure that you get one with adequate power.