The Importance of Attic Fans
Have you checked your fans lately? The average power roof ventilator or attic fan lasts 5 to 7 years. Is it time to have yours inspected?
As spring turns into summer, temperatures continue to climb higher. But it’s not just the temperatures that can weigh you down; the humidity can leave your living space stifling and uncomfortable.
While most people head indoors to the comfort of a cool, air conditioned home when temperatures hit their peak, as the heat continues to rise, even the comfort of the air conditioning system can begin to wane.
As heat rises, cold air tends to stay near the surface. In a home, the same holds true. Heavier cooled air will hang towards the floor, with heated air gradually rising into your home. And if you don’t have proper ventilation, it has nowhere to go. Even a moderate day where temperatures linger in the 80s can allow an attic to climb upwards towards the 150 degree mark.
Having this much heat congregate at the top of your home makes your air conditioner ineffective at best. It tries to keep up with demand, consistently pumping more air into your living space. Yet while some spots become increasingly cold, the warm spots linger. And inefficiencies continue to rise. Which all present themselves to you in the form of higher utility bills.
That’s where an attic fan can benefit you. An attic fan operating on a hot day can reduce the temperature in your attic by as much as 50 degrees. And with reduced temperatures in the upper levels of you home, your air conditioner will begin working more efficiently to cool the rest of your home. Attic fans benefit you in many ways:
Comfort – they make your living space more comfortable. By reducing the heat in the upper levels of your home, they naturally bring the temperatures down in the rest of your home. It makes a more moderate, controlled temperature possible throughout your home.
Roof life – an attic without a fan collects heat and moisture, which eventually begins attacking insulation and causing wood to rot. And it’s not just the heat of the summer that impacts it. Heat and moisture produced from things like running your shower or cooking a meal can also cause wear and tear.
Energy costs – attic fans reduce the temperatures in the home. And if the air conditioner runs more efficiently, it can reduce the strain on the equipment. That can lower your utility bills month after month, and increase the life of your equipment overall.
There are a number of different types of attic fans, ranging in price and features. Every home has different needs, depending on the size of your home, the insulation in place, and the ventilation system installed.
Which is right for you? One of our trained electrical technicians can assist you in selecting the right fan for your needs, and have it installed just in time for the next heat wave.