Attic can get very warm in the summertime. So what’s the best way to beat that heat? There is not only one solution to fix the temperature in your attic. Many companies want you to buy that lie. But, no one product will make your home more energy efficient. Here are six different ways to reduce the temperature in your attic and save you money.
1. Try using a thermostatically controlled roof mounted ventilator.
They will help to keep your attic much cooler in the summertime. The thermostat will usually start at 95 degrees Fahrenheit. This is the temperature that the attic fan usually starts at.
2. Using insulation only keeps the attic heat from traveling through your home.
By adding powered attic fans, you will draw more air into the attic. It does help to reduce the heat in your attic, no doubt. But, putting these fans in your attic costs more because of the loss of conditioned air.
The air you lose from the attic is then drawn into your home from the outside, which will cause your cooling bill to go up.
3. Radiant barrier
This coating material gets sprayed onto the outside of your roof. It reduces about 68% of the heat that is being radiated into the attic. This will keep your attic cooler, which will reduce the cooling load on your home.
4. Continuous ridge vent
This vent runs along the entire ridge of your roof. You have to place it at the highest point of your roof so that the hot air rises to get out. For best results you must have enough vents to allow for the free airflow. The biggest downside is that you must install it when you are installing either a new roof or building a new home. This type of venting wouldn’t work well on an existing roof.
5. Standard “turtleback” vents
These are the most common and effective vents when you install enough of them. You can place Turtleback vents on an existing roof. If you install them well, they will allow for greater airflow.
6. Check for restricted vents.
Your vents can get clogged from dirt, rust, or insulation blown in from the attic. Make sure they are all open and will allow for the air to pass through.
The best time to make these types of repairs to your attic is during the wintertime. It is then much cooler and a lot more bearable to fix the cooling in your attic. Make sure you think ahead before the summertime. Many people don’t think they’ll need any sort of repairs until the problem is already there.
So what are you waiting for? Start saving money on your energy costs by cooling down your attic.
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