When the summer heat finally arrives, it seems like the only solution for those muggy days is the air conditioner. However, you may be shocked to know that air conditioners aren’t the only way to cool your house. There’s another way that will even help save you money in the long run! So what is this magical contraption? Why it’s a whole house fan!
Ever heard of it? If you haven’t, you may just want to hop on this cooling solution this summer! It will use 90 percent less energy than your air conditioner while cooling your entire house. Yes, it actually is possible. Yes, it really does exist. And yes, you can make the switch ASAP. Meanwhile, here are some air conditioning mistakes you can avoid.
Whole house fans can work as a pre-chiller before you throw on that AC or as your primary source of cooling. A pre-chiller may seem silly at first, but if you really think about it it’s actually kind of genius. A cooler house means your AC doesn’t work as hard. That saves energy andmoney in the long run. Win, win. Plus, watch your utility bills drop with these smart (and easy!) energy saving projects you can DIY.
While the air outside is cooler, kick that fan on. Open the doors and windows to bring in that cool, summer breeze so it can circulate around the house. This pushes out the hot air. Then when the hottest parts of the day approach, turn off the fan and shut all the doors and windows to keep the cool air in.
When running a whole house fan, leaving doors and windows open is vital. If you don’t, the fan may cause gas-burning appliances to backdraft exhaust fumes and carbon monoxide into your home. So it’s important to keep fresh air swooping into your house while that fan is on.
The biggest downside to a whole house fan: It cannot dehumidify. If you live in a humid or sub-tropical region, a whole house fan alone may not be the best solution to cooling your house. In that case, an air conditioner will help keep that extra moisture outside of your walls. Here’s how to save time and money with a DIY self-draining dehumidifier.
Now if you’re using an air conditioner, just make sure to clean it as muchas possible. Try this nifty trick. Cleaning it will actually help to double the life of your air conditioner.