Originally Posted by trikkonceptz
I have recently moved into a new temporary home. My original house was a 2 story town home, it was the corner unit and through all our best efforts of saving energy, bulbs, timers and smart usage I was able to sustain the house at a comfortable 850kw hours per month.
Well this new dwelling is a stand alone house and larger than my old home, we have employed all our tricks and tips from the old house and just got our first true usage electric bill. It was a whopping 1536kw hours. We were in shock to say the least.
Furthermore we are blaming the a/c unit. It is a 13 seer unit and it runs alot even when we keep the thermostat at 79 and runs more at night when we turn it down to 74 after 10pm.
So my initial thoughts were to run down to the local Home depot and buy a couple of 52" ceiling fans for $20 each and install them in the large attic I have. The entire roof has vents in it making the air easy to escape.
Leaving the house hotter than 80 degrees is simply not an option, so what are your opinions on using ceiling fans in the attic as a low cost alternative to much more expensive attic fans ..
I have access to a master electrician who is a family member and will help with any bizarre projects I dream up..
I don't think that ceiling fans in the attic space will help much, if at all. You need to force that hot air outside of the attic space and draw fresh cooler air in. I think you'd be better off taking the money you'd spend on ceiling fans and putting that toward a real attic fan, perhaps a solar powered one. JMO, let us know how what you did turned out.