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Bob Hewitt
Venting a cathedral cieling

I live in Michigan. I have a small, 2 bedroom 750 sq foot bungalow. Previous owners opened up the main floor, upgraded the kitchen and created a cathedral ceiling over the living room. I also have skylights, 6, four 18'x36" ones over the living room one 4'x4' in the kitchen and another in the bathroom. Oh also two of the living room skylights are above an enclosed bedroom beneath the cathedral ceiling creating a loft area above. At ether end of the upstairs i have two octagon windows. Can I replace one of these with a louvered octagon to dissipate the heat? There is no duct work to the upstairs. The house does have central air though. Any thoughts would be great. Thanks

Re: Venting a cathedral cieling

Are you sire you're not feeling a case of 'cabin fever' instead of the summer heat? JK- of course we all know heat rises, and that is an asset for that lot bed in the winter, but only then. You could swap for a louvered window, use shutters or an awning to create a sun shield, go with double-pane low-E glass too. But it's still going to be warmer up there than below. Perhaps you could integrate a square-duct going up the wall to condition this space that goes OK with the house design. Probably it will look like a duct but maybe not so bad. Or maybe add a split-system AC unit up there. Be sure that the roof is properly insulated and ventilated, especially the latter, with any cathedral ceiling.

I lived in a loft once so I can certainly sympathize with you. Summers there were unbearable, too hot to sleep till 1-2 AM sometimes. Kinda makes the space unfit for that purpose most of the year!


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