When choosing how to cool your home, there are a plethora of options. Air conditioners, fans, whole house fans, evaporative coolers, and more fill up the cooling system market. So, it is hard to decide what would be the best for your home when looking to cool things down with Summer right around the corner.
Ceiling fans are one of the most common and simple ways to cool the home. They are in most homes and are especially used in bedrooms. They sit in a centrally located place. Usually, they are situated in the middle of living rooms or bedrooms.
How they work is fairly simple, they push large amounts of air that they grab around them towards the ground creating airflow. The average fan moves about 4,000 CFM. CFM is the amount of air something moves per cubic feet per minute.
This is a relatively large amount of air but the problem with ceiling fans is that they only grab the air that is immediately above them. This means on a hot day all they do is push hot air down towards you. On cooler days, all they do is push the exact same air down. So even when cool, they only move the same air one would feel with a wind.
They are also much more expensive than most think. Normal ceiling fans can be as expensive as $250. That does not include the installations which could easily be another $150. An expected cost of putting a simple ceiling fan can then reach about $400. Four hundred dollars to simply move the same air you feel around your home, towards you.
Whole house fans work much better for a price that makes sense. Whole house fans can not only push air at over 7,000 cubic feet per minute but they do not simply push the air already in the home or living space. They take the cooler air from outside of a home and push it through the entire house, including the attic.
This then cools not just one room or one are but the entire home. They use a fan just like the ceiling fan but they use it much more efficiently and accurately. All it takes is to just open a few windows at night and most whole house fans will suck that air out of the windows into the house. Then, all one has to do is shut all the windows during the day and the home should stay cool until it is time to turn on the whole house fan again.
Whole house fans can also be relatively cheap for all they do. You will still be spending around eight hundred to one thousand dollars but you are getting much more than just a machine that pushes air at you. You are getting a system that systematically cools the entire home, every single day.