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To Keep Your Attic Comfortable, Consider Attic Fans

As a budget conscious homeowner, you do everything you can to maintain a comfortable temperature inside your home in an efficient manner. You have likely installed a top of the line furnace and air conditioner and you probably clean the vents and replace the filters regularly. It’s likely that you’ve had all the ductwork properly insulated and that the entire system has been professionally inspected and maintained on a regular basis. So, your home is as efficient as possible, right? Maybe not if you haven’t addressed potential issues in your attic.

Aside from being a useful storage space, attics can also be a heat traps that hinder the proper cooling of a home during the summer months. Because of the conductive properties of your roof and since attics are generally not connected to the ventilation system, heat from the summer sun can build up inside your attic. The attic can actually reach temperatures in excess of 120 degrees. This may not seem like a big deal; just don’t go up there in the summer, right? Well, eventually this pent up heat will seep into other areas of the house, bringing in extra warmth where it isn’t wanted, and making it more difficult to keep your house comfortable. Your air conditioner will have to work harder which also means more wear and tear, leading to an increase in repairs and the need for replacement sooner than should be necessary.

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The solution to this problem is a simple one: an attic fan. To help you choose the right one for your home, call the Seattle metropolitan area attic fan specialists at G & S Heating, Cooling & Electrical. Our experienced installers can turn your attic from a heat box into an ally when it comes to creating a comfortable home.

Attic Fan Wiring

An attic fan can be wired a number of different ways. The simplest way is to get a plug in model that uses a nearby outlet to draw power. While this is the simplest configuration, it also requires the most operator involvement and is the most difficult to automate. Another way is to wire the fan to a switch, which can either be in the attic or in a remote location, so the fan can be turned on and off from elsewhere in the house.

The most convenient and automatic method is to wire the fan to a thermostat, which is programmed to switch the fan on and off according to the reading inside the attic. For example, the thermostat could switch the fan on when the temperature tops 100 degrees, and then keep it on until it is the same temperature as the air outside.

The biggest benefit of an attic fan for you as a homeowner is the savings in energy costs by preventing overuse and strain that would otherwise be placed on your air conditioner. Call G & S to talk to our Puget Sound area attic fan experts to learn more about your options.