As we Californians endure our annual summer hot spells, let me give you the most cost-effective strategy for keeping cool (and saving A/C costs). It works especially well if you live within a dozen miles of the coast (as many Californians do!).
Install a “whole house fan” in your ceiling such as the model below (this one from Amazon for $300). It pulls air out of your house and into the attic, coolingbothareas.Don’t forget to open windows before turning on the fan! It needs to be a bit cooler outside the house than inside for it to be effective, though the fresh air alone is often a welcome change.
It’s mostly used to cool down the house at the end of the day, and perhaps (as I do), to KEEP cooling it down with nighttime air, closing it up in the AM just as it starts getting warm outside. At the very least, is delays the need for A/C operating until later in the day. Obviously if it’s still hot outside at night, this doesn’t work well.
When the fan is not working, the fan opening into the… Read More