Cooling and Heating Elements In Your Attic

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.

Attic Fans

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.

Assessing the Accessibility of an Unfinished Attic

If space is less accessible, the contractors will charge you higher rates as it will likely take them more man hours to complete the job. Most attic lack pipes, ducts, and wiring hence you may have to install them so that you can achieve a fully functional space.

Attic space used to install a HVAC system

Fully utilizing the attic space with an air conditioner

Heating and Cooling

You should have an HVAC specialist analyze your space for you to know whether you need any addition. In most cases, the existing forced air blower can be sufficient. If it is not enough, you can opt to install a window air conditioner. It costs about $300. An electric baseboard heater can cost $150 to $200. You can as well choose to install more ducts and vents to boost the HVAC system.

Electricity

Homeowners should hire fully licensed and insured electrician for the services. The average cost is about $50 to $75 per hour. The electrician will assess the electrical home panel to know whether it can handle the increased load to your attic. He can install a new attic or run wires to the attic (average cost $1,500 to $3,000).

Plumbing

If you opt to convert the attic into a master bedroom or family room, then you need plumbing. You can locate the bathroom close to pipes carrying water to the septic tank so that you can save on cost. A professional plumber can cost $150 to $450. Installing plumbing fixtures costs an average of $1,000.