The heating and cooling elements in your attic are extremely important to the overall health of your home. A proper attic will be able to stay dry year-round, insulate the house to avoid high heating bills in the winter and high cooling bills in the summer. We’ve spoken with many a siding contractor, and we have always concluded that a properly insulated attic will always provide more energy benefits than insulated siding. To accomplish these results, many attics need cooling elements as well as vents to stay dry. In this article, we will be breaking down the importance of each of the different aspects to keep the conditions in your attic healthy, and cost effective.
Attics & Cooling
Temperatures in the attic reach the highest levels in a home. You should think about cooling options before you start your remodeling process. You can use window air conditioners but opting for fans is more effective and less costly.
Whole House Fans
Whole house fans can be installed in the attic’s ceiling to vent hot air out. They create positive pressure which is effective in forcing hot air out making occupants comfortable. The fans cost about $1,000 to $1,750 to install. The running cost of a whole house fan is about $0.01 and $0.05 per hour. Air conditioners can cost $0.15 to $0.20 per hour of operation. They have drawbacks of being noisy and work well in areas where you can leave windows open at night without any security concerns.
They are specifically designed to exhaust air from the attic. They remove super-heated air from the attic and create negative pressure which helps hot air to escape through roof vents. It can contribute to drawing cooler air from the second floor, but it is not efficient for home wide cooling. The attic fan installation can cost about $550 to install.