Home Cooling without an Air Conditioner
Wednesday, August 5, 2015
While summer in Ohio typically
means not-as-hot-as-the-desert heat, with Cincinnati seeing the worst of the
humidity, summer 2015 hasn’t been the
worst hottest on record. With
frequent storms rolling in and lower-than-normal temperatures, using an air
conditioner to keep cool may not be as necessary as it has been in years past. For alternate home cooling options
that can keep a home just as refreshing, the Crane team is on the case.
A hint of this home cooling option is in its
name. “Natural” means that neither air conditioners nor fans are on; open
windows and a natural breeze are all you need to have a home feel glacial-like.
Opening windows that are across from each other on opposite sides of the house
create a cross breeze for circulation. Natural ventilation relies on the
“chimney effect,” which requires convection and cool air entering the home on
the first floor to create a partial vacuum. However, in order to take full
advantage of natural ventilation, you need to open the windows that are facing into the wind to get its full effect.
- Fans for Cooling
There’s a reason that hand-held fans have gone
out of style. They aren’t the variety of fan that circulates air. Circulating
fans are ones that create a wind chill effect and can add to cooling a home
even if your windows are already open for natural ventilation. Considered to be
one of the most effective types of fans, circulating fans are easy to come by.
They include ceiling fans, table fans, floor or tower fans, and ones mounted to
poles or walls. The larger the fan, the more air it can move. However, a larger
fan may require more energy to operate. But, numerous circulating fans — and in
many cases, window fans — have a label on them noting their energy efficiency rating. (Have
we mentioned that Bryant systems work to protect the environment?)
That way, you can find a fan that’s best suited for your home, but it won’t
take too much energy to operate it.
Whole House Fans
These types of fans are a bit different from
circulating fans. Home cooling via whole house fans cool … well, the whole
house. These fans rely on open windows to function. Whole house fans pull air
from their source and exhaust the air through the attic and roof. Even if the
weather does get warmer this summer, up to where home cooling is a top priority,
whole house fans used in combination with circulating fans can keep monstrously
sized homes comfortable. Whole house fans can be noisy though, especially if
they have been installed incorrectly. But, large-capacity fans such as these,
when running at a low speed, make less noise than a small fan running at a high
Having the best home cooling system
during the summertime (and in other seasons when the climate is unusually
warm), is the optimum way to keep comfortable. But, when you do want the experts
on all things about air conditioner and heating systems, Contact Us today for
only the best in home cooling and heating
services — when the time comes for a heating system, that is.
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