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  • Saving Summer Money - Air conditioning Alternatives Window fans & Swamp Coolers

    Well we all know Winter heating and Summer cooling are 2 major expenses.

    Been looking at alternative methods of cooling during the summer. Very intrigued by window fans, especially at night they'll pull the cool air in, and the right ones can exhaust heat to the outside. They are far more energy efficient than AC and in most places should work just fine.

    Been eyeing a few great options.

    This first one while more expensive has a very cool feature it can run both pulling air in, and pulling air out at the same time





    second one a much cheaper option with great reviews as well




    anther option is Swamp Coolers such as this



    there are much more robust and capable units but they start to get a bit more costly like this one



    Just some ideas, all of which should substantially reduce your reliance on running your expensive AC all summer long

    If any of you have these options, or pick one up please let us know!
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    Diesel: Have you looked into attic fans? They are usually installed in the center of the house. The fan is located in the attic with louvers cut into the ceiling. They draw air through the house much like your window fans do. Open a few windows, and turn on the attic fan, and you will pull a nice breeze though the house. Very effective.

    Swamp box coolers are great if you have no humidity. You are basically putting a bucket of ice in front of a fan. If there is humidity their efficiency is drastically reduced.
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    • #3
      Pictures won't come up but Morgan is right about the attic fans. We have one as well in the attic and we have another one that we haven't installed yet and not sure if we will need it. We got such a great price on them from a friend that we just got the two and one for in case anything happens to the installed one. usually our heating bill which is natural gas runs on the coldest months around $200 or less. Compared to some neigbors whom state they run over $400 a month that's not bad. Summer time is same for air conditioner as well. We keep it on 76 all summer and use the ceiling fans and we are good to go at around 150 to 200 a month. It's the humidity that gets bad. Keep that down and house stays cooler in summer.

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      • #4
        Attic fans are great if the right conditions exist, and that being that it cools down in the evening so they can pull cool air into the home. Beyond that, they're just wasting energy moving warm air out the roof and replacing it with more warm air from the open windows.

        Air conditioning is far more energy efficient if done right. First off, the big advantage of air conditioning isn't so much its ability to cool the air, its the fact that it removes humidity from the air. There's a big difference between a 90 degree day at 30% relative humidity and a 90 degree day at 90% humidity.. One is quite tolerable even if you're working, the other feels like you're being cooked in a steamer even if you're sitting in a chair.

        Everything from the color of your home and roof, to the amount of shade trees, to the type of insulation and windows you have, will affect your heating and cooling costs.
        People insulate their homes thinking they're going to save money on the winter heating bills, and that's great, but its just as important to insulate your home to save money on summer cooling too.

        Also, not all air conditioners are created equal.. an older 8 or 10 seer air conditioner will use a whole lot more energy to do the same job as a more modern 16 or 20 seer unit... and when I say a whole lot more, I mean LOADS AND LOADS more energy..
        The higher the seer number, the more efficient the air conditioner is. My neighbor has a 19 seer unit and spends about $35 a month to cool his home.. Mine is a 10 seer and used to cost me around $100-$120 per month when I ran it off grid power.

        I have a 30 inch attic fan that exhausts air from my home into the attic and eventually out the vents to atmosphere.. I don't even run it very much unless the weather is cooperating. When we have hot days and cool nights, I turn it on for a couple hours, but when its muggy outside and hot, it doesn't work so well to cool the home and the air conditioner is far more effective and ends up using less energy.

        Air conditioners also help control mold growth and food spoilage by keeping the humidity down and make sleeping more comfortable.

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