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Joseph
Attic fan/insulation
Joseph

I have a 1930’s townhome flat roof home. I have insulation in the attic (crawl space) however I’m still having issues with keeping the upstairs cool. What would work best; more insulation or an attic fan? 

Also, what would be the best way to install a bathroom vent fan to resduce the moisture and humidity? 

HandyAndyInMtAiry
Re: Attic fan/insulation
HandyAndyInMtAiry

Joseph,

You must have a means for the heat in the attic to escape. Actually, it is just the reverse of that, the attic needs to draw in cooler air that what is inside. This is done via vents on the end of the eves. Vents at the highest point on the roof, or soffit vents along the soffit.

You should always vent moisture to the outside. Shortest distance possible to the outside and with the least amount of uphill pitch.

Andrew

Handy Andy In Mt Airy NC

FRANCO
Re: Attic fan/insulation
FRANCO

 

 

So in comparison, both options represent an improvement over the status quo but, when combined with a radiant barrier, the insulation is the better choice especially when you realize that the added insulation will also help reduce your winter heating costs. For my home the choice is clear but your home may be different. I recommend contacting your local home performance contractor with help in making your decision.

 

Kevin
Re: Attic fan/insulation
Kevin

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