Installing an attic fan benefits the entire house. Attic fans are great at pushing warm air out of the house while pulling cool air in. The home is kept cooler all summer long. If you’ve ever wanted cool, natural air in your home, an attic fan is one of the best investments you can make.
You may notice other benefits with an attic fan installation, like lowering energy costs. With an attic fan installed, the air conditioner won’t have to work as hard. On top of all that, attic fans are great for reducing the growth of various pathogens, like mold and mildew.
Our Attic Fan Installation
The expert electrical technicians at Maitz can install attic fans with little to no fuss. We’ll run wires to ensure the installation is weatherproof, which will help keep moisture from seeping in around the attic fan. We can even help you choose the right attic fan for your home.
Our skilled technicians assess the intake and exhaust ventilation in your home. They can also help you understand any aspect of the process where you need clarification.
What Is an Attic Fan?
An attic fan is a large ventilation fan installed in a home’s attic. Often, attics can be full of hot, moist air. Having this much warm air can make it difficult for your HVAC system to keep up. An attic fan helps with maintaining comfort because it pulls warm air out and replaces it with cool air.
In many ways, attic fans are exactly what they sound like. They’re fans placed in the attic to provide necessary ventilation. In some areas, the attic can reach temperatures of around 160 degrees in the summer. Attic fans minimize how much heat escapes into the rest of the home.
How Does an Attic Fan Work
When an attic fan is installed, it starts helping immediately. Attic fans work by pulling warm, moist air out of the attic. This air is often trapped between the roof and the insulation, creating a pocket of heated air. When the fan is turned on, it pulls this air out and replaces it with cool air.
Attic fans represent one of the first major innovations in household climate control. People have relied on attic fans for decades to help keep their homes cool in the summer. While we no longer have to rely on attic fans, they still offer valuable benefits when it comes to home cooling.
Attic Fan Benefits
Attic fans aren’t only great for improving ventilation; they’re also suitable for the structure of a home. Here are some of the key benefits you’ll receive when you have Maitz install an attic fan in your home.
1. Improved Air Quality
By removing hot, humid air from the attic, the fan will reduce humidity levels inside your home. It will also draw in fresh air. Bringing in fresh air helps keep the air in your home clean and dry, which makes breathing easier. You may even notice less irritation and flare-ups of respiratory issues like asthma.
2. Reduced Energy Costs
Our attics trap an enormous amount of hot air in our homes. This hot air sits, warming your house and making the air conditioning system work harder to keep the air cool. When you install an attic fan, the HVAC system doesn’t have to work as hard because the hot air is removed.
3. Prevents Roof Damage
One key issue with having so much humid, hot air trapped in the attic is its effect on the roof. When a structure is warm, it expands. When the structure is cold, it contracts. This temperature fluctuation can cause considerable damage to the roof over time.
When the roof is damaged, it will no longer keep water out as it should. Water and rain will cause more damage to the home and the roof. This same process can also affect your home’s walls and structural support. Installing the attic fan protects the other structural components of your home.
4. Reduce Contaminants
By removing the humidity in the air, an attic fan reduces mold and mildew growth. Not only does this improve air quality, but it can help keep you healthier. Mold and mildew can cause irritation and infections in people and pets. Attic fans can also help cut down on the allergens in your home.
5. Cool Your Second Story
Many people notice the second story of a home is more challenging to keep cool than the first story. The difficulty has to do with how warm air rises. When you use an attic fan, it can help keep the second story of your home cool. You won’t have as big of a temperature disparity between the levels of your home, which benefits your HVAC system.
6. Supports Insulation
The insulation in your attic is always working overtime. Many times throughout the year, it’s the only thing standing between you and extreme discomfort. Having an attic fan installation or an attic fan replacement will prevent the attic insulation from being overwhelmed.
Types of Attic Fans
All attic fans accomplish the same goal, which is to provide ventilation in the attic. With that said, there are different types of attic fans available. What separates them is not their function but the specific features they have. Here are the three most popular types of attic fans on the market.
1. Electrical Fan
When most people think about attic fans, this is the type they’re thinking of. This is a type of fan installed in the attic and wired into the home’s electrical system. They’re often controlled by a thermostat. When the temperature reaches a certain threshold, they turn on. Electrical fans don’t require much electricity, but they do use some.
2. Solar Fan
A solar fan is one that draws upon solar power to run. The traditional solar fan installed runs as long as there’s sunlight to power it. The downside to this is that it requires clear, unobstructed sunlight for maximum performance. This fan type isn’t suitable for all areas.
3. Wind-Powered Turbines
If you’re looking for a low-cost option, wind-powered turbines are a great choice. They work well, moving air as long as a breeze is present. It doesn’t take much wind to make a wind-powered turbine work. They aren’t as powerful as other fan types but still get the job done.
Call Maitz Home Service for Attic Fan Installation Services
Maitz Home Service takes care of customers throughout the Allentown, PA area. We can handle any HVAC problems and answer any questions you may have. Our expert technicians deliver amazing AC tune-ups and install ceiling fans and attic fans. Regardless of your needs, Maitz has the resources and expertise to deliver the results you need.
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