The Case For Whole House Fans In CA
Californians Can Help Remove 421 Metric Tons of Carbon Dioxide Each Year
According to Energy Upgrade California, two-thirds of all homes in California have air conditioners. Air conditioners use about 4% of all electricity produced in California. As a result, roughly 585 million metric tons of carbon dioxide are released into the air each year.
The challenge for Californians is figuring out how to significantly reduce the amount of pollution air conditioning units produce while staying comfortable. HVAC manufacturers make billions of dollars selling the benefits of their products to help solve this problem. Unfortunately, many of these products have minimal impact. For example, programmable thermostats only save about 6% on HVAC bills. Energy efficient windows can cost $400 or more per window and a new energy efficient HVAC system can cost $7000 or more.
The question is “Is there an affordable and energy efficient alternative for cooling a home and if so, why aren’t more people aware of it?” The answer is YES, and it can cut the amount of carbon dioxide produced by 421 tons per year. It can also reduce AC usage by as much as 80%, and costs about 75-85% less than replacing the windows or an HVAC system.
Cool Nights and High Bills Create Ideal Environment
California has the right physical and economic climate. Most of the state has cool temperatures at night due to it being mostly a desert climate and the state has some of the highest electric rates in the country. Many homeowners complain about having to run expensive AC at night even though it’s cool outside. Opening the windows doesn’t provide much relief unless there is a strong breeze outside.
Advances in Technology.
Until recently, many homeowners turned to old technology that predated air conditioning and used traditional style whole house fans to cool their home during the evening and at night. The problem with these systems is that they were extremely loud, left a huge uninsulated hole in the ceiling and homes often did not have enough attic ventilation causing over pressurization issues.
Fortunately, improvements in technology have eliminated these issues. Newer style whole house fans like those manufactured by Centric Air are ultra-quiet, consist of an insulated damper door that isolates the attic from the living space when the whole house fan is not in use, blends in with the home décor and costs just pennies an hour to operate.
Easy Installation and Maintenance Free.
Centric Air fans are designed to mount on or between standard joists, either 16" or 24" on-center and all components have been designed to fit through each fan's rough opening. Equipped with a factory-installed power cord and remote control, installation is a breeze.
Manufactured with metal construction, industrial-grade components and solid-state electronics, Centric Air systems are designed for years of maintenance free operation.