Early Hawaiians understood the value of natural materials, natural ventilation and site selection when building their homes. King Kamehameha famously preferred his traditional grass dwelling over the modern brick palaces he built in Lahaina and Honolulu.
Home construction has come a long way since Kamehemeha’s day, but the basic problem the King faced remain. Hot roofs, poor insulation, inadequate airflow and the need to close windows during the day make the home a hot, uncomfortable place, especially in the afternoon and evening.
Fortunately there are energy efficient ways to cool the home. Start by preventing heat build up with insulation that’s appropriate for the climate and include proper ventilation using natural wind or a Whole House Fan to create air circulation through your home while flushing hot air from the attic. –These technologies take advantage of our moderate climate and cut down on the use of energy intensive chilled air.
Whole House Fans come with a patented system of maintenance-free motors, and are the only fans powerful enough to cool both your home’s living space and your attic. The high air flow is the reason that only a Whole House Fan can create a breeze effect in a home. For cost-effective cooling, they’re hard to beat, and that’s why Whole House Fans are the perfect cooling solution for Hawaii.
For more information: Whole House Fan
A seen on HGTV Pro, SolarGuard is one of the few insulation products designed specifically to reflect solar heat.–Greatly increasing comfort in the home.
The foil in SolarGuard can by itself reflect up to 93% of radiant energy striking it. This is very important to Hawaii, as radiant energy from our tropical sun is the main source of home heat.
To give you an example of how SolarGuard works, when you’re at the park and the temperature is 85 degrees you naturally seek out the shade of a tree. Even though the air temperature is exactly the same, you feel noticeably cooler because you are not exposed to the sun’s radiant heat.
SolarGuard is the perfect addition to a Whole House Fan and together create a system for keeping the home cool.
For more information: SolarGuard® Reflective Insulation