With the start of summer, finding an affordable cooling solution has suddenly moved to the top of many homeowner’s to-do-lists. Most people are familiar with A/C, but what about evaluating the other options out there?

“I looked at A/C, ceiling fans and attic fans,” said Justin Jenks of Ewa Beach. “It was tough to find information that compared the different types of equipment and how they work for homes in my neighborhood.”


Ivan Whitworth of Island Cooling LLC has been helping homeowners find relief from the heat for over eight years. “It’s helpful to look at the full picture,” he said. “For many homes, the main source of indoor heat is from hot trapped air in the attic.”

Ivan explained that attic ventilation, including ridge vents, bird-hole vents or solar attic fans are important, but only half of the solution. “If the home doesn’t have enough ventilation or insulation, indoor heat lingers late into the afternoon, even after the sun goes down.”

The second step is to look at the area to be cooled. If the area has a lot of volume, or has jalousie windows, it can be difficult to air condition that space. He recommends homeowners take a look at the QuietCool whole house fan. According to efficiency program Hawaii Energy, “A whole house fan draws cooler, outside air through your living space by pushing the hot air out of the home and out of the attic vents, creating a cooling breeze.”


Evaluating a home for QuietCool is simple. Customer Jenel Okada described a visit by Al Whitworth of Island Cooling to her Waipahu home. “Al came out to our home and showed the different temperature readings in the house. He then went into the attic to measure how big it was and how many vents we currently had.”

Taking the home size, vents, and attic space into account, Al was able to size a system for Jenel’s home. “It’s unbelievable,” she said. “It sucks the hot air out of your home. So if the outside air is cooler than inside, like when you go outside and think it’s so much cooler out there, then it will work for you. For us, it works even at the peak heat of the day!”

For more information visit, islandcooling.com or call 672-2300 to talk with the company’s certified green professionals.

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