You know that heat rises, but when that heat cannot vent properly, your home is left with a burning hot attic. If you use that space for storage or for any other reason, then you know that as soon as you open that latch, you will be hit with the blast of heat. Cooling your attic is possible, and it can be done through a couple different ways.
Ventilation is important in every other room in your house, and it should be just as important in your attic. Many attics suffer from poor ventilation, and it isn’t strictly limited to older homes. The vents that you see on your roof are exhaust vents, and they need to be sized right depending on the space of your attic.
A couple different vents might be present on your home, such as box vents, ridge vents, power vents, or turbines. Larger attics require larger vents, and smaller attics can get by with smaller vents.
Other vents around the top of your home are the intake vents. These are usually found on the underside of your roof near the edge of your home and are covered by a metal screen. The intake vents help push hot air through the top of the attic, and also allow cool air to blow into the attic. Few homeowners are aware of their intake vents, so they are often overlooked. When these intake vents are not maintained, it affects the proper air flow needed.
Another issue with a hot attic is the lack of insulation. Your attic will help keep the rest of your home cool, so just as you would want insulation in the walls of your home, you need it present up there in the attic. Thicker insulation can keep the heat from entering your home.
Believe it or not, but attic temperatures can exceed 150 degrees Fahrenheit. That heat at the top of the house can cause your air conditioning to work harder than it needs to, so you want to make a good effort into bringing that down. Along with insulation, look into an electric ventilator or attic fan. When these run, they can take the hot air from your attic, and with built-in thermostats they can keep that temperature at a cooler, constant level.
Cooling your home this summer means cooling the entire house, and not just the spaces you live in. For more information on how to cool your attic, call Sharon’s Heating and Air Conditioning today at (734) 425-1415. Our staff is ready to answer all questions you may have.