Huge price tags attached to unknown cooling systems usually lead many to believe that they are much too costly to purchase. Hundreds and possibly thousands of dollars spent on something that an air conditioner already efficiently does. This, ironically, is not only untrue on one count, but both.
Air conditioners do a fantastic job cooling a home, in fact, they do a completely different job than a whole house fan. Because of this, they are not the only cooling system a home needs. An air conditioner not only misses the attic but does not save on electricity like a whole house fan does.
Whole house fans bring cool air into 100% of the home because they do not leave out the attic like an air conditioner does. Whole house fans grab all of the cool air from outside, typically at night, and bring it into the house while using very little electricity. Since they get the attic, the home stays cool from much longer. Running a whole house fan at night and then closing up a house during the day leaves the house cool until nearly the evening.
Despite their average price sitting around $800 to $900 with another installation cost but this is not where there association with money stops, although that is usually where most people’s evaluation does.
Whole house fans can actually save you up to 90% on your electricty bill. Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (PG&E) claims that whole house fans use up to 90% less energy than compressor based air conditioners. During the Summer months air conditioning can cost up to $300 a month from June to August. Saving up to 90% would mean someone can recuperate the money they spent on a whole house fan in nearly those three months alone as you would save around $800.
This means owning these machines for several years would ultimately result in saving money rather than spending it. The initial price tag is off putting but after at these machines end up saving owners much more money than they spent.