We just bought a place in NY and are new to the Albany area. Our new place
does not have central air, but plenty of windows. Anyone from the area
think it is a good idea to install a whole house fan for those hot humid
I don't live anywhere near your area, but we do have a whole house fan and I
don't know how we got along without one all this time. They are great! Lower
electricity bills (not having to run the a/c when you normally would have),
fresh air in and stale air out, cool breeze to sleep under... the only way
to go! They're relatively inexpensive to buy, install and operate, too. Go
for it -- you won't be sorry!
It will bring in the air from outside and if the outside air is cooler, it
will cool the house. I have on and I like it.
OTOH, it does not removed humidity. On the really hot and humid days, we
use air conditioners.
I grew up in Iowa. We had a window fan for several years before the a/c when
It was a box fan with 30 inch blades and a 2 hp motor. It would close doors
if they were not stopped. I got use to sleeping through the din. It helps
but my allergies were compounded by the volume of air that traveled over my
bed every night.
On 3/8/2005 9:05 PM US(ET), Matt took fingers to keys, and typed the
I live about a 100 miles south of you. I have a whole house fan. The
only thing it will do is bring the outside air inside.
It won't have any effect on humidity unless the outside air is more or
less humid than the inside air, in which case it will exchange the
inside humidity with the outside humidity. We installed central AC a few
years ago and don't use the whole house fan as much anymore, but it was
a good investment when we built the house (before the C/AC). The only
time we use it now is when we are to go in the attic on hot summer days
(I have a black shingled roof). It will blow all the hot air out of the
attic before we have to go up there. It's also good at removing smoke if
you have a disaster in the kitchen.
Its one bad feature is the noise, especially when the fan is installed
in the bedroom hallway.
I am from the Albany area. It will not do much more than window fans and in
the winter it is one more hole in your house that will need to be sealed.
An attic fan on a thermostat is not a bad idea. It will keep the attic
cooler and not be a draft problem come winter.
AC is the only thing going to get rid of humidity.
My parents in western NY had some kind of whole house fan when I was a kid.
At least I think I remember somethign like that.
I'd be tempted to go with the central AC. Or at least a window unit in the
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