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Could An Attic Fan Be The Answer To Your Summer Woes?

If your home has quite a few east- or west-facing windows, you may find cooling your home in the late afternoon and evening to be nearly impossible, even with your air conditioner at full blast. Blackout curtains can provide some shade from the sun's rays, but could leave your house feeling dark and stuffy. Fortunately, homeowners with attics may be able to combat this daily heat wave by installing an attic fan. Read on to learn more about these fans can benefit certain homes, as well as some factors you'll want to consider before installing one in your own home.

How does an attic fan cool your home during the evening hours?

Attic fans operate by venting the hot air in your home up and out through attic vents. By opening a few windows on the ground level of your home, you'll be able to replace this vented hot air with cooler outside air. These fans are much more powerful than regular ceiling fans, and should be able to substantially lower the temperature of your home within just a few minutes (as long as the outside air has cooled enough to be comfortable).

Because an attic fan will generally require you to turn off your air conditioner, you'll generally want to run it during the late afternoon or evening hours, when your house is hot but the outside air temperature has cooled from its midday peaks. 

Is an attic fan right for your home? 

Attic fans can often be one of the most efficient and inexpensive ways to quickly cool your home, especially if your windows let in quite a bit of afternoon and evening light. However, they're not right for all homes (or all climates), and ensuring that your home is a good candidate for an attic fan should help you avoid disappointment after investing in this home improvement.

If you live in a particularly humid area and generally run your air conditioner overnight during summer, installing an attic fan may wind up venting this humid area into your home and making it less comfortable than before. Attic fans also aren't the best option in areas where the temperature remains high well into the evening hours and overnight -- however, in desert climates where the temperature drops quickly once the sun has set, or in more temperate areas, an attic fan may be the perfect source of cool air. 

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Are you tired of painting your home’s exterior every year or so? I was. It’s expensive to hire painters, and I’m getting too old to do it myself. That’s why I decided to have vinyl siding installed on the outside of my home. It was a great choice. The color never fades, and it’s easy to clean. You can even choose insulated vinyl siding if you want to make sure that your home’s energy bill gets a boost from your siding choice. I started this blog to talk about the benefits and drawbacks of vinyl siding, how to tell if it’s right for your home, and how to maintain it. You may be surprised to find that vinyl siding is the right choice for you.

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