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Easily installed, attic fans are a smart choice for homeowners who want to save money cooling their homes in summer, prevent ice dams in winter, and extend the lives of their roofs.


Benefits of an Attic Fan

In summer, temperatures in an unventilated attic can exceed 160 degrees F. A properly sized attic ventilation system will reduce attic temperature to 5-10 degrees F above the outdoor temperature. Ventilating the attic reduces the amount of heat transferred from the attic to the home, decreases the load on the air conditioning system (reducing your electric bill), and extends the life of the roof.

In winter, heat trapped in the attic may melt snow on the roof, which trickles down and creates destructive ice dams in the colder eaves.

Everyday home activities such as cooking and showering create moisture which collects in the attic and promotes mold and mildew growth, reduces the effectiveness of insulation, and attacks the wooden attic structure. Year round fresh air circulation from an Attic Fan removes this moisture and prevents moisture related problems.

Installation can be done by a handy homeowner.

Things to Consider

• The cost savings due to reduced air conditioner load depends on the price of electricity in your area, the amount of attic space in your home, the efficiency of your attic insulation, and the amount of ventilation your attic vent is able to provide. A typical installation will usually pay for itself in savings within 1-2 summers of use.

• An Attic Fan should not be used when air from the living areas of the home can freely enter the attic. This would result in conditioned air being removed from the home. Any openings between the attic and the home should be sealed before an Attic Fan is installed.

• Properly sized attic vents are required to allow fresh air to enter the attic and replace the hot air removed by the attic fan.

• attic fans should be mounted away from ridge vents and gable vents.

Configurations

attic fans are available in three configurations:

1. Self flashing roof attic fan: The fan base is flat and designed to slide under shingles and attach directly to the roof.

2. Curb mounted attic fan: The fan base is a cap designed to fit over a curb which is attached to the roof.

3. Gable fan: The fan exhausts horizontally through the gable end of the attic.

In addition, attic fans are available with fan mounted or remote panels.

Why do you need an Attic Fan?

Attic fans offer an environmentally friendly and economical solution to summer time cooling problems resulting from attic heat penetrating your home's insulation. During the summer, attic temperatures can soar to over 150°F, keeping your attic hot throughout the day and well into the night. The higher the temperature of your attic, the less effective your attic insulation will be at stopping heat from entering your home.


Installation of an Attic Fan on your home minimizes the amount of heat entering through the attic by reducing your attic temperature. By minimizing the amount heat entering your home, you will save money on your summer cooling bill and make your house feel more comfortable (see diagrams below).


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Attic Without Proper Ventilation:
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Suppress Heat Build Up with an Attic Fan:

A hot attic acts like a giant radiator, transferring heat into your living spaces, sending both utility bills and temperatures soaring. In colder climates, heat build-up in an attic causes snow to melt and run down where it freezes at the eaves, causing destructive ice damming.


Battle Moisture with an Attic Fan:

Many of today’s houses have insufficient ventilation and air exchange. This causes high humidity levels from everyday activities. The moisture migrates through the ceiling towards the roof where it comes in contact with the cold structure. Here, ice and frost form, causing damage to your roof structure. Additionally, moisture can saturate insulation, promote fungal decay and plywood delamination.