Hot Attic Solutions in East TN

Attic Hot in the Summer?

A hot attic is very common in East Tennessee. The temperature of your attic will depend on many factors. Here are a few:

  • Shade Trees around the home
  • Properly installed Ridge Vent
  • Clogged Soffit Vents
  • Active ventilation

Attic Ventilation – Ridge Vent and Soffit Vent

Most homes built today have a ridge vent and soffit vents installed. This type of attic ventilation is referred to as passive ventilation. The attic must heat up in order for hot air to rise through the ridge and pull coller air into the soffits. Clogged soffits are very common so many times this type of ventilation does not work properly. Installing baffles along the soffits is a great way to allow you to increase insulation in the attic without allowing the soffits to clog.

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Attic Fans – Active VentilationImage of Solar Attic Fan - Energy Saving Tips

Installing an attic fan is a great way to increase ventilation when done properly. If your attic is not air sealed between the attic and the living space. You stand a chance of pulling your conditioned air into the attic. This can result in increased utility bills because you are cooling your attic in the summer.

Hot Attic may Damage Shingles

If you are looking to improve the efficiency of your home, cooling the attic in the summer is a great start. Hot attics can also damage shingles over the long run. What is too hot? Depending on the type, shingles softening points range from 140 degrees to 205 degrees.

Attic Cooling Solutions

Here are 5 ways to cool your attic:

  1. Install Baffles in soffits
  2. Make sure ridge vent is installed properly
  3. Air seal major plumbing, electrical and attic hatch penetrations
  4. Install radiant barrier
  5. Install solar attic fans

Air Seal Ductwork?

According to http://energystar.gov:

“a duct system that is well-designed and properly sealed can make your home more comfortable, energy efficient, and safer. They basically listed five different areas that you’re gonna see benefits from when you air seal your ducts.”  Click here to read more.

About Michael Church

Michael Church has been involved with indoor air quality since 2005 and feels the unhealthy crawl space is one of the major problems causing poor indoor air quality.

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