Attic Fan Benefits
With spring approaching warmer days are already arriving. Before summer arrives, consider how an attic fan installation can benefit you. An attic fan provides ventilation of the attic by removing heat buildup. Even with the recommended amount of insulation in the attic, most homeowner’s do not realize how the high heat in an attic affects your home’s living space. However, an attic fan does more than just help your home stay cooler. Mister Sparky electrical contractors in Huntsville, AL can provide the installation for you.
Let’s look at attic fans, and two types of fans that operate for different purposes, which are often both called ‘attic fans’:
A common type of residential ventilation fan is the whole house fan, used to provide fresh air in the living space. Properly called a whole-house ventilation fan, these fans are mounted on the attic floor in the center of the home when possible, During the early morning hours and late night they are turned on to pull cooler fresh air in through windows, bringing the temperature down in your living space.
Whole house fans are typically used in homes that are not air conditioned. They do bring moisture into the home and are not used with air conditioning. However, they do require adequate vents in a combination of ridge vents, soffitt vents and gable vents. Generally, they are recommended for the arid west, and not the humid southern states where homeowner’s do not want to bring humid air into their homes.
A powered attic fan operates with an entirely different goal. Typically thermostat controlled, it removes hot air from the attic and replaces it with cooler outdoor air. In this blog we will look deeper into the benefits of the powered attic fan in the following. Our electrical contractors in Huntsville, AL can install the fan you need.
Extends Roof Life & Reduces Energy Costs
Daily activities, such as showering create moisture that rises and can build up in the attic if it is inadequately ventilated. This is one cause of moldy attic insulation and even of the wood structure. During the winter moisture can freeze and expand, causing damage to the roof.
Furthermore, during the summer, the heat in an attic can become extreme, of 1500F or above. As the sun beats down on your home’s roof, heat gain occurs in the attic, and the temperatures soar beneath your shingles. This in turn causes premature of the roof with shingles sandwiched between the heat of the sun above and outdoors, and the heat below in the attic. A powered attic fan can help cool your attic, protecting your roof from premature aging due to interior heat. Our electrical contractors in Huntsville, AL can provide a professional installation for you.
An attic combats both the moisture by providing ventilation and exhausts the heat from the attic outside while pulling cooler air in from outdoors. Once your attic fan is installed, you can rest assured your roof will benefit, and you should also see the air conditioning system running less, saving you money on both energy and HVAC repairs due to unnecessary wear and tear. Contact Mister Sparky electrical contractors in Huntsville, AL for attic fan installation.
Attic Fan vs. Ceiling Fan
Fans have long been used to help keep us cool, and even to help improve our comfort with air conditioning. Regardless of the type of fan, they can assist us in reducing energy costs and increasing our comfort. Ceiling fans do not actually reduce the room temperature. Instead, they can remove moisture from by speeding up the process of evaporation. However, their main benefit is to evaporate moisture from your skin, making you feel cooler. Ceiling fans are often used to help cool you in the summer and warm you in the winter. During the winter, a ceiling fan helps to circulate warm air – which rises, back down to your level. By reversing the directional switch, you can use the fan to cool you in the summer. Mister Sparky electrical contractors in Huntsville, AL also install ceiling fans.
Whereas a ceiling fan does not actually lower the room temperature, an attic fan actually will lower the attic temperature by pulling hot air out and cooler outdoor air in. So which fan is best for your home? Actually, both are recommended. The attic being cooler will make it cooler in your living space, and a ceiling fan will make you feel cooler enabling you to turn the air conditioning thermostat down a few degrees, and for every degree that you lower your thermostat you will save approximately 1% on the cost of electricity for cooling. Mister Sparky electrical contractors in Huntsville, AL can provide the installation of either or both for your home.
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