Even though Seattle’s humidity levels remain relatively mild throughout the year, it’s important to remember that the temperature, moisture, and humidity levels will all increase inside your home during warmer times. In particular, your home’s attic will quickly become a hot, humid environment where water damage and mold growth are likely to thrive.
In addition to addressing climate conditions that can affect the underside of your home’s roof, there are more reasons to install a whole-house fan. This device gets installed in an attic wall and resembles a gable fan. It uses your HVAC ducts to push cool air throughout your home. As a result, this type of cooling unit will benefit your home in the following ways.
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A whole-house fan will save you a lot of cooling compared to a traditional air conditioning system. A fan is simpler to operate and requires less energy. This is enough to save you on your upfront cooling costs. Rather than running a full HVAC system, you’ll only need to flick the switch for your whole-house fan, and feel a cool breeze almost instantly.
Additionally, you can turn the fan off just as quickly and easily. While an air conditioner will finish a cycle and use energy unnecessarily, turning your whole-house fan off will be an instantaneous step. This is another way the fan uses less energy without sacrificing cooling power.
A traditional air conditioner costs between 17 and 20 cents per hour. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory reports that running a whole-house fan costs only 1 to 5 cents per hour of use.
Your air conditioner shouldn’t make much noise as long as you properly maintain it. Even so, you will still hear its soft hum when it runs through a cooling cycle. You won’t even hear that sound when operating a whole-house fan. Since the unit is in your attic, you shouldn’t hear it operating.
You can reduce the small amount of noise the fan does make by making a few special adjustments. Noise-dampening ducting will eliminate the whooshing sounds the air makes as it travels through your ducts. Brushless fan motors are available for quieter fan operation. The result is a whole-house fan that you’ll barely notice except for the cooling comfort that it provides.
Attic Projects provides various services to help you maintain a moderate indoor climate and good air quality without wasting energy throughout the Seattle and Tacoma metro areas. We can offer a free estimate for a whole-house fan customized for your home in Seattle, Tacoma, or the surrounding regions. If you’re a resident ready to get started and want to learn more about how whole-house fans can benefit your home, contact Attic Projects today. Our experts serving Seattle, Tacoma, and all over King County are ready to help assess if a whole-house fan is the right solution for you.