Get Green with Style Blog



Definition and Product of the Week 08.28.2010

by Hilary Sopata

Each Saturday, we post a definition and a product of the week so that you can learn more about going green and what makes particular products green. This week, we’ll define WHOLE HOUSE FAN and the product of the week is A WHOLE HOUSE FAN.  

Definition and Product of the Week: WHOLE HOUSE FAN (in our own words)  

You may have heard about it before but not known what it is.  In my experience, I have heard about whole house fans mostly in regard to homes built during the 1950’s and 1960’s, but it may just be because of my neighborhood.  A whole house fan is a fan that is installed in your ceiling in a central location in your house.  The idea is that you open your windows (some homes in my neighborhood have large picture windows that lower into the ground as a screen comes down) and then turn on the fan.  The power of the fan will exchange all of the air in your home very quickly – within a couple of hours.  This is significant because trying to cool your home with half a dozen windows open and a couple of box fans in them does not exchange the air very quickly.  For instance, it may take all night in my home to get the temperature from 73 degrees Farenheit to 68 degrees Farenheit when the low temperature outside was 62.  A whole house fan will work much more quickly.

A whole house fan can save you a lot of money when the temperature is cooler outside.  According to the whole house fan website, running one costs one-tenth of the cost of running an air conditioner over 6 months!  If it takes box fans in your windows all night to gain a few degrees, imagine how hard your air conditioner works.  Whole house fans are a better alternative to window fans and air conditioners.  To learn more about whole house fans, go to http://www.wholehousefan.com/.

For more information about ordering this product or any of the products mentioned on our blog, contact Interior Visions Designs at 847.825.0450.  

Source: Whole House Fan Website http://www.wholehousefan.com/

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