Queens, NY, US
Whole house fan works well in spring and fall long as it is installed air tight when not it use. Also if the house is closed up all day and heated up from solar heat gain, a fan will work a lot faster. Passive type vent , no mechanical fan just an opening high and low will work naturally, removing the cost to operate a mechanical one. It is important to know the CFM of the fan, one foot in and one out. Could cause negative pressure problems. Think about where the house is located - in the city or country? I'm pretty sure, NYC fresh air is not so fresh. You just might want to stay a way from one altogether. Double hung windows, open the top of the window upstairs and lower windows as low as possible. Basement windows might work better then 1st floor if the cellar is cooler then outside.
Rim Joist = The rim of a bowl = Top edge of foundation.
Band Joist = Waistband = where you ware a belt , middle , between 1st and 2nd and or 3rd floors. Rig joist you better be working in the basement/ crawl where as insulating a band joist you're working from 1st floor ceiling or higher. This makes a difference on contracts and work orders.
FYI, there is a blower door set up made for windows and some even use the duct pressure testing on tight homes as a blower door. If you ever have any question regarding things like this reach out to me.
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