Whole house fans great for Hawaii’s homeowners

By Hawaii Renovation Posted in: AppliancesDecorEnergyExterior

With its gentle trade winds, mild temperatures and sunny skies, much has been written on Hawaii’s idyllic climate. Unfortunately for homeowners in modern homes, Hawaii leads the nation in energy costs and — while cool on the Lanai — it’s often hotter indoors.

“My dad cut a hole in the wall of his attic to try to draw heat out of the living room with a box fan,” said Lani Abrigana of Ewa Beach. “Dad was always a tinkerer; unfortunately, it wasn’t strong enough and didn’t end up working.” Fortunately, Lani is one of hundreds of homeowners who have benefitted by installing an alternative cooling system, the whole house fan.

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Unseen from the outside of the home, the whole house fan quietly draws hot air out of the living space through a ceiling intake while cooling both the home’s living space and attic at a fraction of the cost of air conditioning systems, and all without a hole in the roof.

Lani’s whole house fan system is comprised of four bedroom units in her home, which were installed along with reflective insulation from Island Cooling. Said Lani, “I was at work when it was installed, but when I stepped into the home afterwards I noticed an immediate difference in temperature”. She continued, “Our area is hot during the day, but the reflective insulation kept the heat out of the home until the air cooled down. When the whole house fans were switched on, I had a cool breeze being drawn into the bedrooms from the fair-ways. My system has worked so well!”

Mike Kuo of Kailua agreed. “Last August it was unseasonably hot for months, often with the internal temperature of our house at 90-plus degrees at bedtime. We heard about the whole house fan and called Ivan from Island Cooling for a consultation.”

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Mike continued, “My only regret is not having the whole house fan installed sooner. It has brought comfort and freshness that we’ve never imagined possible with such affordability. We’ve told many of our friends of Island Cooling and what a great job Ivan has done for us. It’s been the key element in allowing us to really enjoy our new house.”

Founded in 2008, Island Cooling LLC is Hawaii’s authorized distributor of Quiet Cool whole house fans. Call 672-2300, or visit www.islandcooling.com for more information.

ISLAND COOLING LLC
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