Have you noticed the upstairs of your home feeling warmer than usual? Particularly near the attic opening? Be sure to check that your attic fan is working. If not, be sure to replace an attic fan to help cool your attic and home.
I don’t know about you guys, but for VA this summer has been HOT! We even had a few weeks where the heat index was above 110. It was ridiculous! So you can bet we had our AC cranking this summer (and a doubled electric bill to prove it).
Typically, we like to keep it on 73-74. We have one unit for our house and it’s always a little warmer upstairs. We started to notice that our bedroom was warmer than usual, especially when our closet door was open.
The entrance to our small attic is on the ceiling in the master bedroom closet. My husband decided to crawl up there and make sure all the vents were open, etc. What he discovered was that on a 105-degree day our attic was in the 140s! Our attic fan was no longer working and a hotter attic = a hotter upstairs.
What is an Attic Fan?
The attic fan basically circulates the air in the attic to keep it from getting too hot. Technically, an attic is only supposed to be 10-15 degrees warmer than the outside temperature, not 40 degrees warmer.
We ordered a new attic fan and installed it this weekend.
My husband got the lucky job of going into the attic to replace an attic fan. We had to turn off the power to replace the fan. To be on the safe side we turned off the power to the entire house. Then my husband got to work unscrewing and removing the old fan.
I tried to get him to write a post about what he did. He said no. So I asked him how exactly he removed the old fan and installed the new one. “You just unscrew the old one and screw the new one in.” Genius! That tutorial will be so helpful.
A neat feature that our new fan has is that we can set it to when the fan runs and when it doesn’t. Ours is set to turn on when the attic reaches 100 degrees. It usually doesn’t run in the evenings, nights and mornings. We like this because the fan is right above our bed. We can hear it if the house is quiet.