ElectricalElectrical FAQ: What’s an Attic Fan?

You no doubt use a whole-house air conditioning system to keep your home comfortable during the hottest time of the year. You may also use ceiling fans to help circulate air throughout your home when running your AC or when you have the windows open on more mild days. Chances are, though, that you don’t give the temperature in your attic all that much consideration during the summer season. You really should, however, despite the fact that you don’t actually spend any time in your attic.

Why Worry About the Heat in My Attic?

Because heat rises, and can become trapped in your attic. Not only that, but the sun is beating down on your roof all day long. That means that temperatures in your attic can be much, much hotter than within your living space. If you think the fact that you don’t spend any time up there means that this is not a problem, think again.

When the attic is that hot, and you are cooling your home, the heat from the attic can radiate down through the building materials in your home and wind up bringing temperatures up in your living space. When that happens, your AC is going to have to work harder than it should have to in order to maintain cool, comfortable temperatures. This will drive up cooling costs.

What’s the Solution?

An attic fan is not designed in order to make your attic more comfortable. It is instead used in order to vent that super-heated air out of the attic. It can also help to get excessive moisture out of the attic during the summer season, when humidity outdoors soars. This helps to prevent problems associated with moisture in enclosed spaces. An attic fan must be professionally installed by a trained electrician, so be sure to schedule this service with us.

G & S Heating Cooling & Electric can handle any electrical services in Everett, WA.

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