The whole house fan is making a comeback. This product–otherwise referred to as an “attic fan” was popular in the first half of the 1900s. As air conditioners became more widely available, the whole house fan drifted away. Now, it’s on the way back, and even with more advanced air conditioning systems available, the whole house fan offers several real benefits.
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As you may have guessed by the name, the whole house fan cools the entire home. Unlike AC, the whole house fan relies on natural air to do its work. But it’s important to point out that a whole house fan is much more than a ceiling fan. The latter simply circulates the air that’s already in the home. The whole house fan pulls air in from the outside.
The term “attic fan” derives from the positioning of the whole house fan. A hole is carved in the attic, where the huge fan is installed. It then pulls the air in from the outside and uses the attic vents to distribute that air throughout the house.
Where this old-fashioned concept works exceptionally well is in climates where–even in the summer months–the temperature drops at night. The common approach is to run the whole house fan throughout the night, filling the home with cool air. Then, turn it off as the weather warms up later the following morning.
Sacramento and the surrounding area offer the right climate. It cools down here at night. While air conditioning might still be needed on those summer days that are truly brutally hot, the whole house fan may be able to do the job in the spring, the fall, and many moderately warm summer days.
When you are able to rely on the whole house fan, you make a positive impact on your budget. The costs of running the whole house fan can be significantly less than using an air conditioning system. There are also the environmental benefits that come with using natural air as much as possible before turning to AC.
Furthermore, the whole house fan is easier to maintain. There’s no need to change filters, clean an evaporator coil or any of the work associated with keeping an AC system up and running .With the whole house fan, just wipe the blades down (when the fan is off of course!).
It’s beneficial to let a licensed technician handle installation of the whole house fan. Yes, we have a certain professional bias in this direction. But even the U.S. Department of Energy advises homeowners to let a pro install their whole house fan. That’s because even though the term “fan” might imply simplicity, when it comes to getting it set up right, there’s a fair level of detail and precision required–to say nothing of safety precautions.
Your technician can work with you to make sure the attic ventilation itself is sufficient to allow the whole house fan to do its work. The opening has to be cut in the ceiling and once the fan is installed, that space needs to be properly sealed up again. Parts ranging from the trusses to the wye to to the C-Can box to the ducts all have to be connected correctly.
Mistakes in installation can have consequences ranging from the basic–like the whole house fan simply not working correctly or being too noisy–to the deadly serious, such as creating electrical problems within the house. A licensed professional will be trained on safety precautions, as well as making certain that installation stays in accord with municipal building codes.
The QuietCool Whole House Fan system that we use here at Climate Care offers the possibility of lower electric costs and better environmental quality while still enjoying the benefits of cool air on most summer days.
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Where is QuietCool made and what's the Warranty?
- The QuietCool products are manufactured from raw material, right here in Temecula, California!
- The QuietCool boxes proudly come with a Built in the USA stamp and a 15 year Manufacturer’s warranty on the motor.
- QuietCool knows as a home owner you’re looking for the very best and offer 15 years of confident cooling, ventilating and savings for your home and family.
Is an Attic Fan different than a Whole House Fan?
The Attic Fan fan cools and ventilates the attic space directly by pulling outside air through attic vents and exhausting the attic air out, typically through an attic gable or dormer vent.
- This directly cools the attic temperature which results in less heat transfer from the attic into the living space.
The Whole House Fan cools and ventilates the entire home by pulling in air through open windows, creating a breeze across the living space, and exhausting the air into the attic and out the attic vents.
- This directly cools and ventilates the living space, as well as the attic, while offering the occupants in the home a powerful cooling breeze that rushes across their skin.
What should I expect from a QuietCool?
- With a QuietCool Whole House Fan, you’ll have the ability to control high volumes of airflow within your home creating a powerful “active” cooling breeze, at the sound of a whisper, for pennies an hour!
- You can also expect to have a fresh air feel within your home as you’ll be able to consistently replace stale, stuffy indoor air with fresh air. Prepare to be amazed at your indoor air quality.
- We’re confident you’ll love being a QC statistic!
- QuietCool has a 98% customer satisfaction rating!
How does the QuietCool Energy Savings work?
Whole House Fans can save you up to 50-90% on your A/C bill, according to PG&E, and our QuietCool customers will attest to that as many are savings hundreds a month in the hotter parts of the year!
How to Save in 2 parts
- When you turn the QuietCool on for pennies an hour, you turn the A/C off which can cost upwards of $1 - $2 an hour. Saving big!
- In addition, by running the QuietCool into the night, your home and attic are pre-cooled to the nighttime low which mitigates how much or can even eliminate the use of A/C the following day.
What are the differences in the QuietCool models?
As a QuietCool Authorized Dealer, we sell and install the Pro Series QuietCool fans.
The PRO Series is available in two models: Trident Pro and Stealth Pro
- Available in 7 different sizes (1,500 CFM – 7,000 CFM)
- Energy Efficient PSC Motor
- 2 Speed Motor
- Average Sound Level 42.1 – 47.3 dB
- Available in 7 different sizes (1,500 CFM – 7,000 CFM)
- Ultra-Energy Efficient ECM Motor
- 3 Speed motor (on 4.8 and above)
- Average Sound Level 37 – 47.3 dB
What size QuietCool works for my home?
One of the great things about QuietCool systems is that home owners have options including size and model of fan!
For sizing, we use the homes square footage and ensure the total CFM of the system stays within a sufficient ratio to properly cool your home
- Minimum Sizing – 2 CFM per 1 SqFt
- Maximum Sizing – 3 CFM per 1 SqFt
For homes that suffer from moderate heat, we recommend 2 CFM per SqFt
For homes that suffer from extreme heat, we recommend 3 CFM per SqFt
What does QuietCool sound like?
- Average sound levels range from 37dB – 47dB
- The noise you’ll hear in the living space while running your QuietCool is the airflow into the ceiling grille. It’ll sound similar to an A/C return, without the noisy condensing unit outside!
- Depending on what room you occupy while running your QuietCool, you may not even hear anything! Just feel the breeze!
How many windows do I open?
Most homes will have 2-3, sometimes 4 windows open while running the QuietCool
How much you open each window will determine how much breeze you feel.
If you want to feel a strong breeze, try 2-3 windows open 4-6 inches each.
- If you want to feel a light breeze, try 3-4 windows open half way.
- Each home is different, but home owners quickly find their favorite QuietCool windows to open.
When do you run QuietCool?
For Cooling Purposes
- Comfort is relative, so everyone will have a different outside temperature set point at which they open their windows and turn on the QuietCool fan.
- For most, an outside temperature of around 78-80 degrees is that set point. With a properly sized fan, the cooling sensation of the breeze across your skin can feel 5-10 degrees cooler!
- You’ll start cooling the hot attic and the outside temperature will often continue to further cool throughout the night.
For Ventilation Purposes
- As you run your fan for cooling purposes, you’ll simultaneously be ventilating your home with fresh air!
- Home owners are AMAZED at how much the QuietCool improves their indoor air quality.
- No more “home smell”.
- Can you ventilate your home during the heat of the day or in the winter time?
- Yes! Run your QuietCool for 3-4 minutes to exhaust unwanted cooking odor, pet dander, smoke, steam, germs etc. with little to no effect on your inside temperature.
How does QuietCool work?
- Open select windows in your home
- Turn on your QuietCool Fan
- The QuietCool pulls air through your open windows, creating a strong cooling breeze throughout your home
- The QuietCool then pressurizes your attic space with cool air, forcing the existing hot air out the attic vents
- This allows your entire home to breathe as it’s completely cooled and ventilated with fresh air. You’ll love it!
What is QuietCool?
The QuietCool system is the most advanced Whole House Fan on the market today. The system is installed in the attic of your home and consists of 3 major components.
- The Motorhead - This component is the powerful fan and it gets suspended from attic rafters. The suspension of the motorhead allows the system to avoid vibrations being sent throughout the structure of your home. Keeping it Quiet!
- The Ducting - This component connects the motorhead to the damper box. This is not your ordinary ducting as it has a special acoustical cloth lining which drastically dampens the noise generated by the fan.
- The Damper Box - This component is mounted in the attic between your attic studs and on top of your ceiling sheetrock. The high airflow grille will be mounted to the bottom of the damper box and is the only visible component from the living space. The damper box has barometric damper doors inside that open when the fan is on and close when the fan is off. This keeps your home insulated from the attic space.