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Pros AND Cons for Whole House Fans

Here at Whole House Fan Installers we care more about people than merely profits alone. You typically wont find anything even remotely negative written about whole house fans from an installer but I'm going to tell you the honest truth about whole house fans. The good, the bad and the ugly from an insiders perspective...


The Pros

  • New whole house fans have incredibly efficient motors and only use a fraction of power compared to your AC system.

  • They are green! When used properly whole house fans can actually cut your ac bills all the way down to nearly zero. (Personal comfort levels dictate how much you spend on cooling.)

  • They can save you money. Lots of it if you utilize the system correctly.

  • Whole house fans ventilate your stale inside air with clean outside air.

  • They are a breeze on a switch.

  • Whole house fans are a desirable upgrade for landlords with rental properties.

  • Whole house fans save wear and tear on your expensive AC system.

  • The high quality fans like Quiet Cool last forever and are virtually maintenance free.

The Cons

  • Quiet whole house fans are fairly expensive and the cheap belt drive units are very loud.

  • If you live in a humid area with lots of rainfall they will not work as intended.

  • If you are a severe allergy sufferer then you may not want to pull outside air into your home. (Note that Quiet Cool offers special window screens that filter allergens.)

  • If not used correctly the savings (ROI) will take much longer to achieve.

  • The louvered ceiling vents do not jive with some peoples sense of decor.

  • If your outside air quality happens to be bad the whole house fan system will pull pollutants inside your home.

If you are considering a whole house fan for your home, office or rental property and have some questions you'd like answered please don't hesitate to give us a call! You can trust you'll get an honest opinion and not just a sales pitch.

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