If you do not have any air conditioning for your home, the hot summer temperatures can get very uncomfortable. This is especially true during the night while you are sleeping. Fortunately, you can install an attic fan to make you and your family more comfortable so you can sleep better. Below is some information about installing this type of fan to help you understand how the process works.
Installing an Attic Fan
A large metal shutter is installed in the ceiling of a main hallway. This shutter is generally a rectangular shape. The shutter is generally made of a durable PVC vinyl. You can choose from different colors so the shutter will go well with your home's decor. Some colors you may find are white, beige, or black.
When the temperature outside starts to cool down in the evening, you open a few windows downstairs, and close the fireplace damper, if you have one. You then turn on the fan via a wall switch. How many windows you need to open should be equal to the amount of venting that is required for your fan.
When you flip the switch, the shutter installed on the ceiling will automatically open to pull hot air from your house and then blow this air into the attic.
These fans are generally very powerful, so they work fast to remove the hot indoor air. When your house is cool enough, turn the fan off and close your windows and fireplace damper. This is important, as you do not want this cool air to escape from your home. You could close the windows starting in the early evening and keep them closed until the morning.
If you choose to install an attic fan, you have to have enough ventilation in your attic for the air to pass through. How much ventilation you need depends on the size of your home and the size of the attic fan you install. The types of vents you could use include soffit vents, gable vents, or ridge vents. You can also use a combination of these vents.
Installing an attic fan is difficult to do, and you should hire a professional to do this for you. It also involves working with electricity, which can be dangerous if you don't know what you are doing. To get this help, contact a contractor at a company like Green Penguin Insulation insulation services. They can do the entire installation, as well as help you determine how many windows should be open when the fan is running.