Attic Fan

Your attic is a place that you don’t spend much time, and the only time you are in there you are likely stowing stuff away for another time, or attending to a furnace or even an air conditioner. Because you don’t spend a lot of time in your attic you don’t realize that it goes through some very intense fluctuations in temperature. These temperatures can affect your electric and gas bill because if you are not careful the hot air in the summer will come from the attic into the home, requiring you to keep the air conditioner on for much longer every day. An attic fan is a great way to dissipate the heat.

Most modern houses have an attic fan. In fact, some areas require that the attic has a fan to sell it as a functional home. This is because we are in what a lot of people call an energy crisis, meaning we are using energy faster than we can create it. Home builders are very aware of this and they are building homes with attic fans in them. If you have an older home, you may not have an attic fan and your energy bills and your wallet may be suffering as a result.

The great news is that it really isn’t all that hard to put an attic fan into a home if you don’t already have one. Generally speaking, you would be well advised to check out the construction codes in your area before you install one on your own. The reason for this is that the fan may have to be installed in a certain area of the attic or you may have to wire appropriately or choose the appropriate type of fan. You will want to know about these things now before you put the time and energy into installing the fan only for it not to be compliant with building codes and regulations.

An option if you don’t want to have to worry about all of this is to pay a licensed contractor from your area to install the fan for you. This is a good idea because they know what the building codes and regulations are and they can be sure when they are installing that everything is as it should be so you don’t have to redo the project later on down the road. This will be a little bit more expensive, but there is some peace of mind that comes with knowing that the job was done right.

If you are simply replacing the fan, your existing set up should work just fine. You will be able to find the attic fans to replace the old one at your home improvement stores. Contractors will be able to make quick work of replacing a fan as well, so if you don’t want to have to spend any more time than is absolutely necessary in the attic, call in some professional help.

An attic fan is a great asset. If you have an attic you lose a lot of heat and cool air through it. When you are able to control the temperature of the attic a bit more during the hot months, you will also be able to control the temperature inside the living area of your home. When you have an attic fan you could see a reduction in cooling costs by as much as 15%, which is a huge decrease. The installation of an attic fan really is worth the time and expense that is required to install it right because you will save so much on your energy bills.

This Attic Fan Review is Written/Updated on Oct 14th, 2010 and filed under Home Improvement. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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