Alternatives to Air Conditioning for Home Cooling
Air conditioning may be effective, but it’s not the most ecologically-sound solution for cooling a home. It also isn’t the healthiest, as it just recirculates the air already in the home.
When it comes to health, the reason air conditioning isn’t good for home cooling is simpler: It doesn’t bring in any fresh air. This allows indoor pollutants, allergens, and airborne germs to build up. Meanwhile, when you cool your home with outside air, you let these substances out and get a cleaner indoor environment.
Whole house fans make it easy to bring large amounts of fresh air into and through your home, and thanks to Colorado’s climate, doing this also cools your house down fast. Since the fan doesn’t use refrigerants, it is easier on the environment and there is no compressor to run, saving on energy and cost.
Whether you want to replace an old cooling system entirely, don’t currently have A/C or you want to give yourself a better option than your air conditioning, you should consider a whole house attic fan for your homes cooling needs. They are excellent alternatives, and will still extend many benefits alongside using an air conditioner on the very hottest of days.
Here is what satisfied Eco Air Solutions of Colorado customers have to say about their Quiet Cool whole house fans.
Thermal Mass Cooling
Your QuietCool Whole House Fan should be used anytime the outside air temperature is lower than the inside temperature. This is key for the principle of Thermal Mass Cooling to work.
What do many people do when they come home after work and it is really hot inside but cool outside? They open their windows instead of turning on their A/C so they can draw in that cool air. These open windows create a “passive” cross breeze and cool the home through thermal mass cooling.
The “passive” cross breeze described above becomes an “active” breeze for QuietCool homeowners and this is the key to thermal mass cooling. Passive breezes within a home will eventually cool the ambient air to a comfortable level but will not move enough air to cool the mass within the home. When correctly sized, a QuietCool system will fully exchange the entire air volume of a home 15-20 times per hour, or about one full air exchange every 3 to 4 minutes. The “active” breeze is how QuietCool thrives. Mass “cooling” results because the QuietCool system is removing stale, hot air and replacing it with fresh cool air.
Net Effect Of Cooled Mass
A “cool mass” home does not reheat as much or as quickly as a “hot mass” home. Within a day or two of installing a QuietCool system, homeowners are amazed when they come home after work and their house is still cool from the night before! The reason the home remained cool was that the mass of the home had been cooled by a QuietCool system and thus did not reheat as rapidly as it typically would.
People who run their whole house fan on a regular basis use their A/C 50-90% less. This also results in extending the life of your A/C by at least 50%! The ROI is 2-4 years, depending on how you normally use your A/C, making this the fastest payback of all Green Energy Appliances. Your fan will cost pennies per hour verses dollars per hour. As a testimonial, we personally have not turned on our A/C since installing our QuietCool whole house fan!
Net Zero Home
Pairing your whole house fan with solar panels, serious amounts of insulation, & other energy efficient appliances will help you achieve a Net Zero Home because your home can generate as much electricity as it uses.