There are many types of fans designed for homes and other buildings. A gable attic fan is a special fan made for an attic wall. The fan is attached to the exterior wall of a home or building and is used to pull heat out of the building by forcing it outside. A gable fan helps keep a home cool in the summer months by reducing the temperature in the upper area of home.
A gable attic fan is available in many sizes, though most less then 2 feet (60.96 cm) in diameter. These fans are typically connected to an electrical outlet as the primary source of power. The fan is placed on one side of the building with the opposite side having an air grill vent in the wall. This enables fresh air to be pulled in from one end of the building and pushed out the other end.
Installing a gable attic fan is a simple process that requires only a few tools. A hole should be cut into the side of the building that matches the size of the fan unit. The unit should next be mounted in the hole with screws and attachment devices. After it is connected to the building, a screen protector and air grill should be connected to the outside of the building.
A gable attic fan can run automatically. This is done with a special temperature gauge feature, which is similar to a heater system in a home. When the fan reaches a predefined temperature, it turns on and remains running until the built-in thermometer reads an acceptable temperature. This automatic feature is a convenient option because it keeps the attic cool at all times.
The solar-powered gable attic fan is a new energy-efficient form of attic fan. These fans include a small solar panel as the energy supply. This panel is connected to the roof of the building and includes a small power wire that is connected to the fan device. A small solar panel is sufficient because gable fans do not require much energy.
Large barns and warehouses often use gable attic fans as the primary cooling device for the building. These fans can reduce the interior temperature of a building considerably because without them the heat becomes trapped in the ceiling area. The attic fan is good option for livestock barns because it is an inexpensive cooling device that can protect the animals from excessive temperatures.