10:10AM | 04/28/03
Member Since: 01/29/03
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I just put insulation in our attic. The problem I'm having is everytime the attic fan runs you can smell the insulation in the kitchen and living room. The fan is not attached to the roof its attached on the wall near the ridge of the roof. Can I disconnect the fan? Do I really need it? There are vents at each end of he attic, is that enough? The smell is overwhelming and we can't open any windows or doors. Any comments would be appreciated. Thanks!!


04:16AM | 04/30/03
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
Sounds strange. What kind of insulation is is that has such a strong smell?


02:30AM | 05/01/03
Member Since: 04/01/03
26 lifetime posts
Is the fan running the right way? should be blowing out,
and yes you need the eave vents, the fan should pull the hottest air from the top of the attic with cooler outside air being drawn in through the eave vents


12:35PM | 05/01/03
Member Since: 11/14/00
333 lifetime posts
Something funky is going on because there should not be any relation between the attic fan and your kitchen and living room. The attic fan should not be connected to the ductwork; it just ventilates the attic. I suspect you have mistakenly attributed it to the attic fan blowing.

jimrox is correct. The attic fan is necessary. It draws the hot air from the top of the attic out, which draws cooler, outdoor air from the outside in. You also need to ventilate the attic so that mold and other undesireables do not grow in it.

Moreover, if you do not vent the attic, then the insulation will never air out, keeping the smell in your home instead of dispelling it.

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