QuietCool is the most popular whole house fans on the market and one of Jantz Electrical's most popular products so we put together a guide breaking down QuietCool’s large, overlapping, and often confusing whole house fan lineup into the handful of fans we think are worth buying.
For more information on what a whole house fan is and how it works Click Here to read a Learning Center post covering those topics.
In this guide we will cover:
QuietCool recommends installing a whole house fan with at least 2 cubic feet per minute (cfm) of air flow per square foot of home. In our experience most people will be happiest with 3 cfm of air flow or the largest fan that their attic venting will support.
A larger fan running on low is more efficient than a small fan running on high and will be quieter for the same amount of airflow. The option to really move some air is always great too!
QuietCool sells 4 different lines of whole house fans: Classic,Energy Saver, Trident Pro, and Stealth Pro. The Classic and Energy Saver lines are the ones sold to consumers through Amazon or similar retailers and the Trident and Stealth models are sold through QuietCool dealers like Jantz Electrical.
Seems confusing right?
The first thing you need to know is Classic = Trident and EnergySaver = Stealth. If you can get Trident and Stealth fans, do it. They have the advantage of a 15 year warranty vs 10 year and come with switches included in the box.
So, the real choice is Classic/Trident vs Energy Saver/Stealth. (We’ll call them Trident and Stealth from here on.) Trident fans have a brushed PSC motor and are 2 speed fans while Stealth fans have a more efficient brushless ESC motor and most have 3 speeds.
In our experience the Trident fans make sense in 3 scenarios:
In all other cases we feel the Stealth line is the best choice because:
QuietCool has 7 different fan sizes in each line. That’s a lot! But don’t worry, you can ignore about half of them.
Let’s break it down:
There are 3 control options for QuietCool Whole house fans, each with pros and cons. The options are: a remote, hardwired switches with a timer, or hardwired switches with a smart switch.
Attic fans run during the hottest part of the day while whole house fans run at the coolest time so no, the fans aren't redundant. With their relatively low cost and energy use Attic Gable Fans (if you have a gable vent) are a good buy.
If you don't have a gable vent but do have a standard shingle roof an Attic Roof Mount Fan is a good choice.
Solar attic fans cost more and move much less air so I don't feel they are a good buy for most people.
A QuietCool Smart Attic Gable fan can be added to any installation for $499 while the Roof Mount Fan is $699 as an add on.
Fans are great and all but what’s the bottom line? What will it cost and when does it pay off?
The great news is that when used as recommended, a QuietCool whole house fan with installation typically pays for itself in energy savings in 2-3 years. If you are the DIY type and donate your labor, it’s more like a 1 year pay off! Even casual investors know that a 40+% annual return on investment is amazing!
To close out the season strong QuietCool has announced a $300 price cut on most Stealth fan installations with smaller discounts available on 3.3 models and the Trident line. So far this discount is good for September only unless they elect to extend it.
To get more info, schedule an in home consultation, or to purchase a fan with or without installation, fill out the form below or call/text our QuietCool Sales Department at 209-769-4994.