How to use a window fan
Every summer, people use air conditioners to cool down their homes because they work faster than electric fans and other cooling alternatives. However, they are very expensive to use continuously and too much use can wear out the parts of the unit in the long run. In order to save money, electric fans are the way to go.
When it comes to cooling, window fans are often preferred due to their ability to provide faster home cooling. Unfortunately, there is a possibility that the fan cannot work its magic if it’s not used properly.
Below are some things you need to consider which will help you get the most out of a window fan.
1. Assess if your home would benefit from a window fan
Window fans work well if you will use them at night. It is not advised to use window fans if you live in an area with high pollution because it can bring in pollution or other things such as insects and small animals.
It is also not a good idea to use window fans if you are in a place where criminals can use your windows to enter your home. You may also experience louder noises inside your home if you use window fans.
2. Pick the fan(s) that would suit your home best
When using a window fan, you need to make sure it is not too large for your window. You should place it in an area where there is space for the air to blow inward and outward equally when the fan is on.
If you do not have such a place in your home, make sure it has space to blow more air inward to ensure the house has enough pressure inside to prevent unwanted particles and scents circulating around the house.
3. Install your window fans in areas where they can blow wind inward or outward.
If you want to make it blow cool air quicker, place it in an area in the shade, in places where the wind direction blows the same way as the direction of the fan and away from any valuables and appliances.
4. Secure the window fan tightly in the window to ensure no local circulation can occur.
Local circulation causes the motors to warm up and influence the air quality it produces.
5. Properly cover the window gaps by masking them with drapes or paper.
Masking helps ensure the air goes back out without problems.
6. Turn on the fans when its cooler outside your home and if your home’s interior has cooled in comparison to its temperature when it was very hot.
7. (Optional) Turn off the fan if the temperature of your home has dropped below 60 degrees Fahrenheit.
Aside from these things to consider, here are some more tips you can follow when using your window fan:
- Use an ice-cold wet towel and drape it in the inward-blowing fan. The air it releases will push through the towel and combine it with the cold water in the towel. As a result, it delivers a cooler breeze. Make sure to use a towel that is in the same size as your fan and don’t let any of the water seep inside the machine to prevent damage.
- Use your window fans in off-peak hours in order to prevent the possibility of overtaxing your house’s electrical system.
- Always lubricate the fan’s blades because of their tendency to turn slowly or stop rotating at all. Lubricate the area around the fan’s blade and the assembly driveshaft. If you cannot reach it properly, remove the cover of the fan and lubricate the critical areas of the fan’s mechanism. Let the oil sit in the fan for a few days before you turn it off because if you turn it on after it has been lubricated, there is a possibility that some of the oil’s scent may be blown into the house.
- Close your window drapes or blinds when the fans are taken out during the morning to prevent the fan from heating up due to the sun.
- If you have outward-blowing window fans, put them in higher windows or floors to remove the hot air around the house.
- When your fan gets dirty, immediately unplug it and clean it with a diluted dish cleaner or window cleaner and paper towel. If you are using detergent to clean the fan, wipe it immediately with a damp towel.