If you’ve ever wondered why your home feels so stuffy during the summer months, the answer might be simpler than you think. As most people know, heat naturally rises, meaning that all that hot air in your home during the summer is probably gathering in the attic, with nowhere to go. This can make your home feel uncomfortably warm, no matter how hard you blast the AC. That’s where an attic fan comes in. By ventilating all that trapped hot air outside, an attic fan can help reduce your cooling and maintenance costs while keeping your home cooler and more comfortable all summer.
While many of us associate attic fans with beating the summer heat, they also serve a purpose in the winter months. Warm air rises to your attic as the temperature drops, and you rely more heavily on your heating system. If left unchecked, this warm air can lead to moisture buildup, creating the perfect conditions for mold and mildew to form. This can be a severe health hazard, especially for those who suffer from respiratory issues like allergies and asthma. Installing an attic fan can help prevent this and improve the overall air quality in your home.
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.
Installing an attic fan can be a great way to keep your home cool and reduce energy costs during the summer months. However, before diving into the project, you must consider whether you have the necessary knowledge, skills, and tools to ensure the job is done safely and effectively. If you’re confident in your abilities, installing an attic fan may be a feasible DIY project, but remember that it’s not as simple as plugging in a device. Wiring the fan into your home’s electrical system may require some rewiring, an upgraded breaker box, or an electrical panel. If you have doubts about your ability to tackle this task, it’s always best to trust the job to a professional.
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?
Do you ever feel like your air conditioning or heater is working overtime without apparent reason? The warm air in your home’s attic might be the culprit. However, you don’t have to suffer through the high energy bills and poor airflow that come with it. An attic fan can provide the solution you’ve been looking for. Wenbrooke Services offers the services of qualified residential electricians to safely install your new attic fan and ensure it functions efficiently. Don’t let your attic suck up all the cool air or heat from your home; let Wenbrooke Services help you solve this issue.
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.