The differences between a whole house fan and an air conditioner are many but there are some serious misconceptions on the cost to run these two cooling systems. For one, most homes are already equipped with an air conditioner. They also artificially create a cool environment while whole house fans utilize the cool air that exists outside,
A whole house fan is incredibly cost effective as it can save nearly 90% on the electricity that the air conditioner typically uses. However, a whole house fan is not always the perfect cooling system to use. If the temperature outside never falls to a decently cool number then a whole house fan will no longer be effective like an air conditioner. Thankfully in Southern California we rarely have days/nights that don’t cool off in the evening.
The use of an air conditioner would still be much lower than usual when owning a whole house fan, in turn, saving buckets of money on electricity. A whole house fan could even begin to start saving the owner money through the years as most make the money back on electricity that they had spent on the whole house fan in the first place. Despite the initial cost which causes many to believe that whole house fans are more expensive, that cost could fall to 0 in a few years after owning.
The air conditioner, meanwhile, is added to the cost of most homes and will never pay for itself as it eats up a plethora of energy and saves you absolutely nothing on your electric bill. Not to mention maintenance and repair costs for HVAC are some of the highest in the business.
So, deciphering which of these is cheaper is not an easy answer but whole house fans are the only ones that will definitely save money while the air conditioner will only cost someone more and more through the years. The clear advantage seems to be to the whole house fan.
QUIETCOOL WHOLE HOUSE FANS AS A COMPANION TO A/C
QuietCool has never claimed to be a replacement for air conditioning. In fact, together QuietCool and air conditioning create a perfect union. During the evening and early morning hours, homeowners can take advantage of the cool outside air to cool the home. Due to the mass air exchanges occurring every hour, the heat is extracted from the mass of the home. When the next morning comes around, the home’s structure has been cooled bringing down the core temperature. This means that the home will take much longer to heat up. Instead of the A/C unit kicking on around noon, now it may take until the late afternoon to kick on. This saves money on A/C related cost. In addition, it keeps the usage of one of the most expensive home appliances to a minimum. This reduction in usage then increases the longevity of the entire A/C unit! Another benefit of the QuietCool is that it ventilates the cool air straight into the homeowner’s attic. This means that cool air is coming into contact with the ducting for your A/C system. When the A/C unit is first turned on, it does not need to battle with the extreme attic temperature just to cool down the ducting. Install a QuietCool whole house fan and increase the life of your A/C unit. All while saving 50-90% on your A/C related savings!