How to Cool Down a Hot Attic

Did you know that an attic can reach temperatures upwards of 150ºF during the summer months? That’s about 50 degrees warmer than it should be and temperatures that high can cause damage to your roof. But aside from deteriorating shingles, a blazing hot attic can cause your air conditioning system to work harder than it has to. The result of all this? Higher energy bills and nobody wants that!

What Causes Attics To Get So Hot?

Well, it’s the part of your home that’s closest to the sun and it takes a beating from its warm rays all day long. We also know that hot air rises so any warm air inside your home will naturally make its way up into the attic. Finally, most attics that don’t double as living space aren’t a main area of concern when it comes to having air conditioning vents installed. All of these reasons combine and it’s no wonder the attic is so steamy.

How To Cool A Hot Attic

  • Electric ventilators and attic fans work to remove hot air from the area. Most come with thermostats that automatically turn the system on when temperatures reach 100-110ºF.

  • Gable, soffit and ridge vents are openings in the roof that allow hot air to escape.

  • Insulation with an R-factor of at least 19 can help hot attic air from heating up your living space.

When it comes to cooling your Twin Cities home, the HVAC experts at Hero Plumbing, Heating & Cooling have you covered. With over 100 years of experience under our belts, you know you can count on us! Give us a call today at (612) 324-1004.

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