Whole! House! Fan!

Posted: June 20, 2008 in Uncategorized

My house gets hot during the summer, and it’s so well insulated that it gets way hotter inside than the temps outside. With all the doors and windows open, it takes days to cool our house back down after outside temps drop, so the upstairs bedrooms are still too warm to sleep. And don’t even THINK about fetching something stored in the attic. Been having to deal with this for four summers. We don’t want to spend a ton of money on air conditioning, so the next best option was a whole house fan.

The primary (interior) fan was installed yesterday. I tried it out this morning: opened a couple of windows upstairs, turned it on, and there was a massive breeze shooting by me in the doorway of our bedroom. About two minutes later the wife was complaining that it was cold, and asked me to turn it off. YaY!

The gimble fan is being installed today. It runs automatically, based on temperature, so it will suck the heat out of the attic even if we aren’t running the whole house fan…that should hopefully help keep the house cooler during the day, and take less time to cool in the evening.

We’ve been lucky this year…no heat wave in March (man, last year was weird weather for the Northwest), but there have been a few days so far when the house became very hot inside. Today will be the first official test: temps should get into the upper 70’s. We’ll see how well the fans cool the house after 7PM.

The only issue is how loud it is. It’s a NuTone, and I think it has 36" or 40" blades. But considering how much air the thing can move, it probably won’t be needed for more than 20 minutes or so. I can deal with that just fine, all I want is to be able to sleep at night in the summer…

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