At times, maintaining a comfortable indoor temperature can cost you a lot. Some of your options include air conditioners and whole-house fans.
So, it’s important to know when a whole-house fan or HVAC upgrade is ideal for your home.
Whole-House Fan vs. Air Conditioner
Attic fans aren’t the same as whole-house fans. A whole-house fan is an exhaust system that vents the air into the attic and circulates it within the house. It features a fan that’s installed into a duct or vent system, and functions as the motor for the ventilation process. In most cases, a whole-house fan’s operating cost is lower than an air conditioning unit. It’s easier to install, and your energy usage depends on the duration of use and unit type. It can cool down a home faster than most air conditioners by replacing warm indoor air with cooler outdoor air.
The biggest benefit of whole-house fans is that they constantly replace polluted indoor air with fresh outdoor air. However, this can be a disadvantage if the outdoor air is even more polluted.
An air conditioner works better in hot and humid areas where a whole-house fan isn’t as effective. It provides cooled air that’s ventilated through your home’s ductwork. Air conditioners utilize a more complicated mechanical and chemical process to cool air, unlike whole-house fans that simply replace hot air with cold air.
Which Should You Choose?
A whole-house fan system is a more affordable choice if you don’t want to spend a lot on installing an HVAC system.
Still, in most cases, investing in both can give you long-term benefits. An air conditioner can keep your home comfortable in hotter months. You can use a whole-house fan in the fall or spring. In the winter, you can close up your fan system and turn on the furnace.
Whether you choose to install a whole-house fan or an HVAC system, Trust Company can help you improve your home. You can count on us for your kitchen and bathroom renovation project. Call us at (951) 225-3754, or fill out our online form to learn more about our services.