Life’s a breeze with Whole House fans

By Hawaii Renovation Posted in: EnergyInterior

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Jane Moon had been grappling with the problem of indoor heat in her Moilili home for some time. It seemed that no matter what steps she took, it was always hotter inside the house than outside on the lanai.

As a retired general contractor, Moon had done her research on available cooling options. Recent electricity rate increases made running the air conditioner too expensive, and the attic fan she had installed hadn’t been strong enough to make a big enough difference.

Then, she heard about the QuietCool Whole House Fan available at Island Cooling. Installed in the attic of the home and controlled by a timer mounted on the wall, QuietCool is used to bring cool air inside the home by drawing heat out of the living space and flushing trapped hot air out of the attic. It seemed to be the answer Jane was looking for, and she had it installed in the front area of the home.

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The typical homeowner will often run the fan in the afternoon and evening hours, when the air inside is warmer than outside. With Hawaii’s temperate climate, however, homeowners report that the Whole House Fan brings relief all day long.

After a year of seeing it in action, Moon decided it was her turn to be cool. “My son Ross loves the Whole House Fan, and says it’s the greatest thing. He doesn’t have to use the A/C, but instead uses the whole house fan,” she said. “It’s getting hot now, and I was asking myself, what about me? I think I deserve it too.” Moon recently called Ivan Whit-worth at Island Cooling to order another fan for the side of her house to be installed later this month.

Al Whitworth of Island Cooling explained one of the reasons QuietCool has been so effective. “It’s perfect for the indoor-outdoor way we live. Rather than having to close windows and doors and hiding out with chilled air, the system takes advantage of natural airfl ow.”

Island Cooling’s system has also become a popular option for homeowners looking to install solar photovoltaic, as the system uses only a fraction of the cost of air conditioning and is more easily offset with Solar PV. Mike French from Eco Solar agreed. He regularly refers clients to Island Cooling. “QuietCool is better than any solar attic fan, because it’s more powerful,” he said.

Lorraine Rutkowski’s Pearl City home is in a very hot neighborhood. After hearing about QuietCool from neighbors, Rutkowski took her time to do her research, but moved quickly once she had made up her mind. She had her system installed in December.

“The Whole House Fan is excellent cooling for our home,” Rutkowski said. “Our unit is installed in the living room, towards the kitchen, and not only does it keep our sitting area cool, it helps to remove heat from cooking also.”

When asked how the Whole House Fan has affected their A/C usage, Rutkowski’s daughter Maloury Mendoza, replied.

“We don’t need A/C, we have a Whole House Fan.”

For more information, visit islandcooling.com, or call 672-2300 to talk with Island Cooling’s certifi ed green professionals.

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