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DJ'sDad

06:45AM | 10/06/03
Member Since: 10/05/03
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Recently had roof replaced on 70 year old home. Ridge vents and soffitt vents were installed. There are two existing gable vents (4'X 4')and a large fan that sits in the center of the attic. There is an ornamental grate that allows access to the attic from the second floor - however, it also allows a cold air draft in the winter and a warm air "draft" in the summer.
Questions:
-Is the fan still necessary, and is there a better location than the center of the attic?
-Can I replace the grate with a solid access door to the attic?
BTW, a central air unit was installed about two years ago and the home has steam heat.

plumber Tom

03:26PM | 10/06/03
Member Since: 05/10/03
801 lifetime posts
By all means that fan is required. The center sounds like the best location. Sure you can replace the grate. The gable and other vents should allow your attic to "breathe". If you removed the fan your summer temperature could exceed 120+ degrees farenheight.
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