03:55AM | 03/12/03
Member Since: 11/26/02
9 lifetime posts
I have a large walk up attic that I will be converting into a room. My home is an older home built in 1905 and I live in NewEngland. I will have soffet vents and have gable vents on both east and west sides of the house. I have been doing some reading and I am comfused about whether I should be puttin in an attic power fan or not. Some pros say not to because of air pressure and condensation problems. Others say its worth it because of cooling advantages.
So who should I side with from my perspective? Also I will have a wall mounted air conditioner in the room for cooling as well.


Jay J

10:38AM | 03/19/03
Member Since: 10/26/00
782 lifetime posts
Hi Sampo,

I see that you want to finish-off an unfinished attic. I'm not sure why you want to install an attic fan. Attic fans are usually installed into UNFINISHED attics. With that, ...

Consider these things: You don't insulate the attic roof-rafter-space w/o, first, installing Soffit Chutes. You'll want to install a Ridge Vent too for the chutes to vent the hot air. You want to make sure that your attic FLOOR can carry the load of another room. (Do realize that when a home is built w/an unfinished attic, it may NOT be built in such a way to support the load of a room, etc. ...) If you're planning on heating and cooling the attic w/your current HVAC system, make sure it's rated to carry that 'load'. (Your current system may be UNDERSIZED when you include the finished attic ...) How would one escape the attic if there's a fire? (Do you have a 2nd exit, or an "emergency exit"?)

I guess I could go on and on. Find yourself a good book on how to finish and unfinished attic. (They have them for attics and basements ...) That would be $$$ well spent.

My best to ya and hope this helps.

Jay J -Moderator

PS: God Bless America!



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