Most people know heat naturally rises, but have you ever considered what this means for your Frederick, MD home’s heating and air conditioning system? The heat that rises in your home during the hot summer months typically gathers in the attic, has nowhere to vent, and makes your home feel uncomfortable. Your AC helps but doesn’t do much about that trapped hot air.
You might be surprised to know attic fans are also useful in the winter months. As your heater runs, warm air collects moisture from activities like cooking and showering and then travels up to the attic, where it can cause mold and mildew to form. This can pose a health threat, particularly for those in the home who have respiratory problems like allergies and asthma. They may also help improve your home’s indoor air quality.
Wenbrooke Services providers attic fan installation, maintenance, and repair services for homeowners throughout the Frederick, MD area.
Types of Attic Fans Available
There are several types of attic fans available, including solar-powered models, whole-house, and attic venting fans.
- Attic venting fans remove hot and moist air from your home’s attic by pulling fresh air in through vents and pushing it out the same way. Considerations for attic venting fans include proper insulation and sealing from the rest of the house.
- Whole-house fans pull heat and moisture from inside the house and push it into the attic. To be effective, they require a well-vented attic.
- Solar-powered attic fans are a relatively new innovation. These models require no additional wiring and don’t have an impact on your electricity bill.
All attic fans tend to be energy-efficient in terms of operations.
Benefits of Pro Attic Installation
The Home Ventilation Institute (HVI) states powered attic fans need to move a minimum of 700 cubic feet per minute for each 1,000 square feet of attic space. There should also be enough soffit intake space and a ratio of 60 to 40 for soffit ventilation.
If you have the knowledge, skills, and tools to ensure these guidelines are met, you might be qualified to install an attic fan yourself. Otherwise, you may want to trust the job to a professional. An attic fan doesn’t simply get plugged into a socket. It must be wired into your home’s electrical system. The job may also require some rewiring or call for your breaker box or electrical panel to be upgraded.
For the safest, most secure installation of your new attic fan, be sure to schedule installation with a local certified electrician.
Why Choose Wenbrooke Services for Attic Fan Services?
If your air conditioning or heater is working harder than it needs to because of warm air trapped in your Frederick, MD home’s attic, an attic fan can be the solution you’re looking for. The qualified residential electricians at Wenbrooke Services will make sure your new attic fan is installed safely and correctly and ensure it operates as it should.
Wenbrooke Services provides a full range of attic fan installation, repair, and replacement services for homeowners through the greater Frederick, MD area. To learn more about ceiling fan installation or all the HVAC services we offer, contact us online today or call us at 240-394-1500.