11:43AM | 05/23/05
Member Since: 09/20/04
15 lifetime posts

Having a hard time keeping the townhouse cool. On a hot day (hit 100 degrees this weekend) the a/c will run at least 5 hours even with the temperature set at 80 degrees (we run the ceiling fans as well). Even when the outside temperatures are down to 60 degrees in the night, it is still about 78 inside. It is a 2 story townhouse with total square footage of 1,400 and has a 3-ton a/c which was checked and was working as efficiently as possible. It is a middle unit and the eastern, western and part of the southern walls are exposed to the sun, and there is no shade on the roof. I think the problem is the attic which seems to have only one gable vent. The air inside is very hot and is about 110 close to the entrance of the attic. It must be at least about 150 closer to the top. The insulation between the attic and living area is about 30 years old, but I have been told by the a/c ducting person who took a look that it is in good condition. There does not seem to be any other form of venting visible.

The townhouse is in a complex that has a Home Owner’s Association and therefore hard to get the okay to do anything that can be seen from the outside. Was thinking of putting a gable fan, but have concerns about creating a vacuum or worse having air drawn from the living area.

Any thoughts and advice will be much appreciated.




08:46PM | 08/01/05
Member Since: 11/27/04
172 lifetime posts
where are the ducts? if they are in the attic, then the ducts should have insulation on them to keep the heat out of the ducts.

and hopefully the soffit vents are open and not just for looks.

Remember the past or all is lost.

Click to reply button
Inspiration banner


Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.

Reply choose button


Post new button or Login button

To test the boundaries of small-footprint living, interior designer Jessica Helgerson moved her family to a 540-square-foo... Filling an underutilized area beneath the stairs is a smart way to save space. Doing so with a stash of wood, however, is ... The Audubon Society inspired wallpaper in this Adirondack-styled mudroom will get you in the outdoor mood. Grab your coat ... Chalkboard paint opens up endless possibilities for customizing your dresser time and time again. Use chalk to label the c... A fireplace in the bathroom creates the ultimate setting for relaxation. Homeowners often choose electric or gas over wood... This roomy boot tray made from punched metal stands up to all the elements. Station it in your mudroom or at your back doo... There’s nothing like a new set of cabinet hardware to refresh a room. The possibilities are endless: Go modern, rustic, or... FLOR tiles are an affordable way to customize a carpeted floor covering for any space. Make anything from runners to wall-... Chalkboard paint features prominently in this elegant yet unpretentious headboard design. Add a new message daily to reflec... Salvaged boards in varying widths and colors make up the dramatic accent wall in this attic space. The high-gloss white of... The indecisive homeowner need not fret over choosing one (or even two) cabinet colors. The kitchen cabinets in this artist... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... Simple and striking, a couple of pieces of "lovingly used" furniture creates a special kind of charm. A weathered chair fo... First dress up your metal shelves with a coat of paint in an accent color that complements your kitchen decor. Then arrang... Dark wood shelving and a matching upholstered bench keep this closet sleek and refined. The large window brightens the sub...
Follow banner a
Newsletter icon Flipboard glossy Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss icon