When summer hits, there’s only so much you can do to keep your home as cool as possible. Of course, investing in a high-efficiency air conditioning system is a good start, but there are steps you can, and should, take to ensure that you are getting the most from that AC system.
Think about it—the hot summer sun beats down on your roof for hours on end during the summer. Your air conditioner has to work that much harder to keep your house cool, meaning that it may struggle at times and cause the system to wear down faster than it should. Fortunately, there is a solution to this: a Mason, OH attic fan installation.
What Is An Attic Fan?
Also referred to as an attic ventilator, an attic fan is an energy-efficient solution to regulating the heat level of your property’s attic, by exhausting hot air. This device can be gable mounted or roof mounted, and is controlled by a thermostat that automatically turns in off and on depending on the necessity.
Attic fans perform best when your attic is properly sealed and insulated to block the entry of heat and moist air. This allows it to improve your HVAC efficiency, and protect your roof shingles—plus the structural integrity of your attic.
So Much More than Just Ventilation
Even moderate summer temperatures—let’s say the low 80s—can increase the temperature of your attic to above 150 degrees, without a properly installed and functioning attic fan. Vents do provide some passive cooling, but not enough to truly reduce your indoor temperatures.
When an attic fan is operating during the hottest summer days, the temperature in your attic can drop by as much as 50 degrees. This makes your whole home cooler, and could allow you to turn up your air conditioner’s thermostat by as much as 10 degrees, while still maintaining your comfort.
Help Your Roof Out
There are a number of reasons that moisture in your attic is a problem. If moist air is able to sit in your attic for an extended period of time, it will create mold in the insulation and wood beams. Since it is so easy for moisture to reach your attic—simply by you showering or cooking—this is not a problem to ignore.
Excess moisture can be particularly damaging during the winter when cold turns it to ice or frost. As that expands, it can damage your roof. Fortunately though, an attic fan will fend off this moisture before it has the chance to negatively impact your roof.
Reduce AC Costs
As stated above, an attic fan can enable you to turn up your AC thermostat by as much as 10 degrees. This means your air conditioner will not have to work as hard to do its job, and may even cycle on less. Overall, this saves you energy, which saves you on your monthly utility bills, too.
Additionally, when an AC unit doesn’t have to work as hard, it lasts longer. Since it won’t be accumulating wear and tear as quickly as it would have otherwise, repairs will be less frequent and unexpected breakdowns will be less likely. Of course, this is also contingent on you scheduling regular AC maintenance.