by Texas Homesteader ~
Did you know you can cool the house quickly without using an air conditioner? A whole-house attic fan cools your home by pulling cooler air from outside throughout the house.
Likewise it can warm a house quickly by pulling warmer air throughout the house.
So each season can benefit with an eco-friendly whole-house fan instead of relying on an energy-heavy air conditioner.
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Eco-Friendly Home Features
When we built our home we wanted to keep our monthly utility bills low. So we were careful to apply as many passive-solar features as we could.
Passive Solar Home Shape & Orientation: We had the house built in a rectangular shape with the longest walls oriented to the north & south.
Passive Solar Window Placement: Our larger windows were placed on the south side of the house. Due to the seasonal orientation of the sun they’d receive no summer sun exposure yet they’d receive the most warming sunshine in the cold winter months. Smaller windows were placed on the east side for light, and no windows at all on the west side where the hottest summertime sun would add too much heat inside.
Solar Screens On East Windows: Because of the seasonal orientation of the sun, the south-facing windows were not hit with the sun during the summer months. All north-facing windows were shaded with a porch overhang. We added no windows at all on the west side of the house. The east windows were the only ones to receive heating of the sun during the summer months. So we made solar screens to go on all east-facing windows.
Porch Overhang Placement: Since most summertime sun would be on the north side of the house, we had a deep overhanging roof built on the north-facing porch. This shades the windows from that hot summer sun. We also built a porch extension on the northwest side of the porch to help shade those hot-in-the-summer north facing windows.
Open Floorplan: We used an open floor plan with fewer walls dividing individual rooms. Our kitchen opens up to a spacious living room with an open dining room off to the side. This offers plenty of light throughout the house.
Energy Features In The Home : There are several energy-saving features we implemented in our new home as well.
Radiant barrier in the attic – Reflects sun’s heat out of the attic.
Ridge vents on the roof – Allows hot air to rise out of the peaks of the roof.
Whole-house fan in the ceiling – Brings desirable temperature from outside through windows & through the home and pushes undesirable temperature air into the attic.
How To Use A Whole House Attic Fan
In the spring just when the weather begins to heat up or early fall when the days can still be overly warm, the mornings & evenings are often refreshingly cool.
On those days we take advantage. We simply open a few windows during those cooler morning times and turn on our whole-house attic fan.
The fan draws the cooler outside air through the house and then up through the fan and into attic. It can drop the temps in the house to a more comfortable cooler temperature pretty quickly!
Then when the temperatures outside become close to the temps inside we turn off the fan and close up the windows.
We’ve just cooled our house virtually for free since the electricity used to run this fan is minimal. (and certainly much less than our air conditioner!)
Where To Find An Eco Friendly House Fan
Here’s the good news: You don’t have to be building a new home to take advantage of these beauties to help keep your own home cooler as well.
I found these *whole-house attic fans on Amazon. So inexpensive and also pretty basic to install.
If you’re looking for more environmentally friendly and inexpensive ways to keep your home cool consider a whole-house attic fan – we love ours!
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