New Ideas for Reducing Attic Heat

Attics get very hot in the summer. So, what is the best way to overcome this heat? Many companies want you to believe that there is only one solution to fix the temperature in your attic. However, no product will necessarily make your home more energy efficient. Here are six different ways to reduce the temperature in your attic and save yourself money.

Try using a thermostatically operated roof-mounted fan

They will help keep your attic much cooler in the summer. The thermostat usually starts at 95 degrees Fahrenheit, which is the temperature at which the attic fan usually starts.

The use of insulation only prevents heat from the attic from passing through your home. Nevertheless, by adding electric attic fans, you will attract more air into the attic. While it helps reduce heat in your attic, installing these fans in your attic costs more due to the loss of air conditioning. The air you lose from the attic is then sucked into your home from the outside, which will increase your air conditioning bill.

Radiant barrier:

This coating material is sprayed onto the outside of your roof to help reduce the amount of heat that is radiated into your attic. The radiant barrier has been shown to reduce about 68% of the heat that is radiated into the attic. This will keep your attic cooler, which will reduce the cooling load of your home.

Continuous ridge vent:

This vent extends over the entire top of your roof. It is placed at the highest point of your roof so that the hot air rises to come out. However, for best results, you need to have enough aerations to allow free air circulation. The biggest drawback of this type of cooling system, however, is that you have to install it when you install a new roof or build a new house. This type of ventilation would not work properly on an already existing roof.

Standard “turtle tower” vents:

these are the most common vents and are very effective when a sufficient number of them are installed. Turtleback vents can be placed on an existing roof and allow for greater air circulation, when properly installed.

Check for restricted vents

Your vents can become clogged due to dirt, rust or blown insulation from the attic. Make sure they are all open and will allow the maximum amount of air to pass through.

The best time to perform these types of repairs in your attic is in winter, when it is much cooler and much more bearable to repair the cooling of your attic. Just make sure to think ahead of the summer, as many people don’t think they need repairs until the problem is already there.

So what are you waiting for? Start saving money on your energy costs by cooling your attic.

Melina Rhyne