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Too Hot to Sleep? Consider an Attic Fan

The other night I could not sleep. Isn’t that the worst? The longer you stay awake the more you start thinking about how you can’t sleep. You keep staring at the clock thinking, “I have to get up in 6 hours…5 hours … 4 hours …”  I completely blame my sleeplessness on the excruciating heat of my bedroom.  Perhaps I am being a little drastic, but it was seriously hot. Have you ever had a problem sleeping when it is too hot? This is generally a predicament we think occurs when a home does not have air conditioning, but those with central air conditioning can also fall prey to hot second floor bedrooms.

Why? Because heat rises. On certain summer days, your attic could be up to 150 degrees Fahrenheit. When it gets this hot, the heat could back up into your upstairs. This means that even if your air conditioner is running at full force its efforts might all be in vain. This causes you to be uncomfortable and sweaty while also wasting money. The good news is that there is a fairly easy solution.

The installation of an attic fan will help to move all of that hot air back outside, thereby lowering your attic temperature by up to 60 degrees. With a cooler attic there is less heat overflow into the upstairs of your home. According to an attic fan:

1. Lowers upstairs room temperatures by 10º.

2. Lengthens roof life by keeping shingles cooler.

3. With an optional humidistat, keep attics dry during winter months.

4. Saves up to 30% on air-conditioning costs.

An attic fan will work in addition to your air conditioner and should not be used in place of it. For more information about this form of staying cool and saving money, please contact FLAME. Hopefully this will give you a better night’s sleep!

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