How Whole House Fans Keep People Cool While Cutting Costs with Tim Barton of Field Controls
By Field Controls
When it comes to keeping cool this summer, many people will reluctantly turn on a costly A/C unit. But smart homeowners will activate their whole house fan, designed to lower temperatures within a living space at a fraction of the cost of mechanical cooling. On today's episode of AirIQ, Tim Barton, director of ventilation & west regional sales at Field Controls, shared his insights on whole house fans that are gaining popularity with building owners. So how does it work? It's quite simple – "The driving element is air, bringing it into the house and exiting out the attic," Barton said. As the air moves across the body, it evaporates moisture on the skin to deliver a pleasant sensation. Barton counts three benefits to the system: a low initial cost, utility savings, and increased personal comfort. Today's models are quiet and aesthetically pleasing, making them great for building owners and occupants seeking a cool environment without the use of artificial air conditioning. While high humidity areas are not ideally suited for a whole house fan, certain places like California and areas of Colorado that have enacted strict building efficiency codes encourage these energy saving installations. Maintenance is simple compared to other mechanical systems. Barton assures that as long as the motor is operating, you just need to keep the easily accessible grill clean and you're good to go. Feedback so far has been remarkable among customers who've installed a unit, which can be outfitted with timers and even WiFi connectivity for remote operation. "The system is simple, and it just works. I have yet to find anybody that was unsatisfied."