According to the calendar, June 21 is the official start of summer, but for many Hawaii homeowners the search for affordable home cooling is a year-round project. One technology that has been growing in popularity is the whole house fan cooling system.

“My uncle always said that we have two seasons,” recalled Jon Nakamoto, “summer and almost summer.” Nakamoto should know, as his home in Pearl City is blessed with almost constant sunshine, which translates into a lot of hot days. Fortunately, he had a whole house fan system from Island Cooling LLC installed in June 2011, and has been using it to cool his home almost daily since.


Asked to describe how it works, he said, “It’s a two-fan system installed in the attic of the home with two ceiling grills, one in the hallway and a larger intake in the living room. A timer on the wall controls the hours of operation. The fans draw heat out of the living space, and blows trapped hot air out of the attic through the bird hole vents that are on the outside of the home. It’s not very flashy, but it makes a difference.”


Nakamoto has praise for both the system and Island Cooling. “One of my favorite things about the fan is how it circulates the air, keeping it fresh. Because my home is in a hot area, I use it everyday, all day. I also consider Island Cooling’s service fantastic, and would recommend them to anyone.”

Ron Evans of Ewa Beach also shared his experience. His system from Island Cooling was installed in the attic above his upstairs landing in late 2011. Evans is confident that his investment has been worthwhile. “My home doesn’t have any natural breeze,” he said. “We open the back door of the home to channel the air up to the fan.” Evans continued, “I used to run my A/C 12-18 hours each day. I now go months without running it. People have to see it to believe it, but it’s the best money I’ve spent.”


Satisfied customers are quietly spreading the word to their family, neighbors and the public. In an online review from Yelp!, Gary Nakamura of Waikele explained how his system is used, “I turn the fan on when I get home in the afternoon and the whole house gets noticeably cooler and breezier in a few short minutes. The weather has been rainy and humid lately, but it has been very comfortable in the house with the (whole house) fan on.”

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