b) by what % does PAV reduce delta-T between house and attic? This house was a Spec and apparently the builder didn't consider positioning when deciding on the house design and types and size of windows...... Another thought I had was to put some kind of film or coating on our West windows to help limit the amount of sun that penetrates. there certainly was NOT any misinformation on my part AND i have done just what you suggested. Ethan wrote: "The precise balance will depend on the balance of resistance of the soffit-vent versus through-ceiling paths.". Best wishes and don't forget, "Sticks and stones...". This creates a nice stack effect and moves air the hotter it gets. In either event, my post was in regards to me testing my attic fan with no insulation to see how much air leakage I had. They can tell you exactly what's going on and lead you to the correct strategies for improving your situation without wasting money (like on attic fans). Installation Costs. If you set a tower fan at high speed, it will cost you much power than an amateur with low speed. The 14" fan consumes 245 watts. TopCoolingFan.com is a participant in the AMAZON SERVICES LLC ASSOCIATES PROGRAM. The insulation and air sealing keeps out the radiant heat, my interior home temp is fine. Due to your blog, I am now going to pass on all that :) Your logic makes sense. I've been thinking about writing about this as well! What about the energy bill? Additionally, through time conduction/convection from the insulation surface to the air above is increased the GREATER the temperature difference between the insulation and the air. This morning it was about 54F outside, 63F on the 1st floor and 67F on the 2nd floor. That's your air barrier, and it's probably not doing a good job at it. The wattage that are stated for them are approximate and can vary depending on either model and brand or both. Leakage between your house and attic likely consists of many tiny leakage paths, too small to affect the smoke but collectively enough to impact the result. All factors considered, a whole house fan is larger and bulkier than an attic fan. In order to figure out net free area, I would do Width of inside frame x height of one air flow opening x the amount of lovers or openings? I recall a study re: RB laid on top of insulation but can't put my hands on it now. One of my ideas was to replace the insulation on the 2nd floor walls with a higher R-value maybe even spray foam. Well, according to Professor Bailes here, you're plumb out of luck. Let’s assume you spend like 6 hours, and this will be 0.06kW * 6Hours = 0.36kW. the vent should be shrouded and the fan should only have a hole the diamete of the fan to mount against. I quoted Peter Yost in the earlier article, and in the comments, David Butler made a similar remark: "In a particular home, if a PAV truly reduces cooling costs enough to pay for itself (don't forget to consider the energy the fan consumes), then that tells me there are issues with ceiling insulation and/or attic venting.". but NOT always i understand. I'm with Mark on this one: If you move enough air through the attic, you CAN prevent the attic heat from reaching the conditioned space. also, to reduce the vibration you can put some foam between mounting brackets and the framing it is bolted to lower the vibration transmitted from fan to house. I would require a fan to sit in my easy chair comfortably, or a running ceiling fan over the bed to sleep well overnight. Air displacement is a natural way to dissipate heat. Would really like to see BSC or some other research group do more definitive/controlled analysis as I really think this is the root issue. There are windows on either side of the house for the bedrooms. I removed my old insulation, had the attic air sealed, and had blown-in done. Having a built-in steel propeller, it prompts consistent air circulation. I measured attic temperatures prior to and following this change, and since the change I have also observed overnight behavior. Without any kind of tension, you can use any type of fan overnight. i did not have time to read all of this but please be aware the air in the attic is much hotter than the air outside because it is heated by the same radiant effect you are referring to. Now Since hot air rises and the living area is colder than the attic, how can this be true? Not to mention when you enhance this effect with A/C. I would not know how to begging running the numbers. Power Consumption We have CA and ceiling fans in all rooms upstairs, but our second floor remains VERY hot throughout the summer. We're getting off topic, but here's a link to the Houston study: http://bit.ly/1m4W792. I had a client whose wife didn't care for the sensation caused by ceiling fans. @Luke easily addressed...to eliminate the running on moderate days, put a wall switch in your home running to the fan to switch it off entirely on those days. ADDITIONALLY, before the install the air coming out of the ducts (rigid metal flex ducts with little insulation installed in the late 70s) when initially turning on air would be HOT for approximately 30s. Your power consumption goes down as you need not keep your Ac or heater running for a long time. David E, I have seen research presented which supports what you're saying about where the air goes. Forced convection CAN draw heat from this top layer and get it out of the attic. The second floor consists of 2 large bedrooms, 1 bath, and a couple cider closets. We are a team of some efficient members of different fields. this makes me believe you are utilizing only flawed logic to determine your opinion    possibly something else that isnt taken into account with air being pulled from the house with a leaky ceiling, is how much heat from air infiltration would find its way into the living environment from the attic with NO fan exhasting the attic. Much of that heat then conducts downward and finds its way into the house." The 14’ difference between the 1st and 2nd floor is divided evenly between the front and back of the house and is storage space. Should I close some soffits to create more of a suction? I do have the gable fan running though, and now that the hot air isn't coming into my home the attic is super hot and the fan is running trying to remove it. So what are the solutions? looks like there is little insulation to begin with which would allow less resistance to airflow coming from the interior of the home. Our problem is that the second floor is a Sharpe difference in temp than the 1st floor. In one embodiment of the invention a control box (also denoted as a black box) enables an attic fan to run on both solar power and house electricity (power line) and performs seamless integration of both power sources for continuous operation. I've never seen an attic built with cooling fins. Fish Tank. Over a large number of homes in Houston, as I recall, RB saved an average of 3% of cooling energy. You can get much more efficient whole-house fans for the job (check out quietcoolfan.com, ES series). the AC ran considerably less after the fan was installed PLUS we had a better quality of comfort which is hard to put a dollar value on. I'd love to hear your thoughts. The reason is simple. A method and apparatus for attic fan power controller with remote control is disclosed. (4 x 125') rolls of perforated RB (foil with scrim) are available at Lowes for $75 or ~$0.15/sq.ft. the flowing air cools the underside of the roofdeck and also cools anything else in the attic which is radiating energy to the top of the insulation. Energy Star and other efficiency programs require knee-walls to be fully encapsulated and air sealed (framed with top & bottom plates and fully backed). If you want to spend money on something, get your attic air-sealed and re-insulated. and it is mylar not molar. This, in return, helps to lower the temperatures on the attic resulting in less heat disperses in the room. It is definitely sucking air upstairs, but after reading this article and viewing other pictures, I'm not sure if this is truly an attic fan. If this is so, I didn't really see any smoke being pulled whatsoever. So, my width is 18in and each louver has a 1 inch opening, but there are 7 of openings. We run the AC rarely, but recent tests have been with it on (forecast highs > 95 degrees). One of the main points of the article is that PAV's have a lot less impact than most folks seem to think. Thanks for your comment! without that set up much of the air exhausted by the fan simply bounces back off the louvres and into the attic. I live in Honduras. Please help me to understand, that although the attic fan is on, there is no insulation in the attic, the attic isn't sealed, why is the smoke puff test not reliable in this situation? Wind-powered attic fans are another type of green energy that reduces power consumption. Thank you for your time. Well, it might not be as you had thought or expected. The roof doesn't radiate directly to the attic floor. as temps rise R-value goes down. if its a leaky attic then it can leak both ways. The only ones that come close are in purpose-built tight homes (e.g., Passive House level), where considerable effort is expended to seal all fixtures and top plates, including sealing the cracks between ceiling drywall and top plates. It is not always a matter of energy savings. It will cost only a few bucks monthly. QED. I put in the attic ventilator and have not had this problem since. The radiation gets intercepted by the top layer of attic insulation, which is NOT transparent to radiant heat. I also had two other thoughts as a I reflected on this, that may be worth considering and may actually drive the conversation forward a bit. If you set your pedestal fan at a low-speed level, it will not use as much electricity as when its at high speed. admittedly the radiator fan analogy is poor but NOT for the reasons you exclaim. Reading this post has me second guessing taking the time to install the attic fans but I’m thinking the advice given to seal and insulate the attic has been done in my case and I still have a problem so now I’m just confused. He found that the average cost will vary between 7$ to 10$. @John, the attic temperature will vary from top to bottom, highest at ridge and lowest at ceiling level. The louvers should seal well enough to not mess with the soffit-to-turtle passive airflow when the fan is off. If a home can   have an insulation barrier, then move the air on either side, one is gaining. so, although the top side gathers dust the bottom side is protected. When it would come on the slats under it in the ceiling would all flip open. @John, there are a couple of things about your comment that aren't clear. Thanks Again! It is made up of 2 very thin layers of most pure aluminum with a thin film of molar in between which makes it non conductive. For example - we use soffits and ridge vents to move air in attics due to the difference in temperature. I have pretty good soffit venting and turtles on the roof, but the attic heats up a great deal. This is at odds with Allison's thesis that they are useless (the fan/sunburn argument). Sleeping with a Fan on – Wise Choice or Not? I installed a Tamarack sealed insulated model for one client but don't know if there is any data on how well they seal. The 2nd floor windows are about 10 years old but all the windows on the 1st floor was replaced last year during the remodel with low-e foam insulated frame units. Also - construct/purchase an air-tight box cover for your whole-house fan to seal it off from the living area when not being used (did this at my dad's). However the affect of this roofing material change is remarkable elsewhere. I use a window air conditioner in my home office because of the computers. David, Third, Allison's thesis that the ceiling must be airtight before venting the attic ignores relative costs of the two approaches. and REMEMBER that is with only a 2F degree differential. But I digress... :). R30 at 130F is around R19 if i remember right. btw ethan...i hope you blocked off the area of the gable vent outside the fan shroud. And it's part of the reason that my state, Georgia, has banned power attic ventilators (unless they're solar-powered, which was a concession needed to get the grid-powered fans banned). BUT there are times when the installation a unit can be beneficial but it depends on several things...1) proper installation 2) proper conditions (environmental factors) 3) on a lesser note....whether it is a DIY installation or a professional installation which is costly and hence, possibly not cost effective    i have posted several replies to the article and also to comments. Should I install a ridge vent or leave the attic the way it is? Likewise, a massive pedestal fan has a maximum output of up to 300w, whereas, a small one will range between 45w to 70w. This kind of fan is designed to impact a larger surface area. Plus, as they don’t need to be installed by a professional, you can cut the installation costs and do the job yourself. Well, it starts at the Sun and radiates down to the rooftop. A PAV may reduce energy bills and/or improve comfort in a home with serious defects, but it's unlikely to be the optimal solution in terms of long-term cost benefit. A solar attic fan works to lower the temperature of your home, keeps your attic dry and ventilated, and helps to maintain the structure of your roof. Literature Review of the Impact and Need for Attic Ventilation in Florida Homes    Yes, their focus is on Florida, but their literature review covers research in a number of locations. They also vary according to the size, model, and inverter unit. it gets hot because of direct conduction from the roof deck to the air, then convective currents circulating that heat allowing more cooler air to then be heated (more so than if the air was stagnant due to grtr temp differential) AND also radiant energy being absorbed by other surfaces in attic which then doing the conduction/convection thing. EXAMPLE: I'm going to say it because no one else will... Allison Bailes, you're an ASS!! as for your erroneous thought on cooling the attic. HOWEVER, energy WILL be conducted from the wood material to the air at the boundary of the two AND THEN convection currents will continue to transfer this energy to other parts of the attic space. The bearings are sealed and never need attention. Did you mean to say that your ceiling is not sealed? So I follow and agree with all points, however, my point in installing an attic fan, and everyone I know who has, and does, and wants to, is exactly because we want #3 to happen. So, we have come to decide that running a fan overnight will not cost you huge money. These gable fans, being only at 40 watts and pulling 1500 CFM, I don't think my energy bills will be high, but having another installed to pull air in should help a lot. in my limited experience of a gable mounted fan, its installation resulted in the home being 8F cooler upon returing from work (~5pm) WITHOUT the A C on. For me the equivalent area would be 4 hatches about 15 ft. long by 20 ft. high. the energy density in the engine is MUCH higher. A fan cools things. Trying to solve the heat gain problem in your attic by using a fan is like lying out at the beach with a fan blowing over you and thinking you're not going to get a sunburn.† A radiant barrier would be a better way to attack this problem, but their cost effectiveness is marginal. I just haven't found good retrofit option yet. They can help you solve your issues. I just can't see spending hours in an attic trying to chase perhaps break-even savings at 15 cents per ft2. it was considerably easier to install the RB tha the fg insulation...cheaper too, @Mark, my previous comments were only in reference to RB at roof, or top of insulation. That would be an 8F temperature difference that now relieved the AC from having to cool down....not just the air in the house though...that would be the furnishings, the walls, etc. this was observed on numerous days following the installation. lets take a modest home with a 1500sq.ft attic floor and calculate BTUs for the entire attic floor: this comes out to be ~60000BTU. I am a homeowner who was about to embark on paying an installer to repair/install new attic fans (electric) in a ceiling of the main house and a gable-mount in the guest house detached from the main house. Our main goal is to provide the best information about the different types of fans buying guides, reviews, and other maintenance tips. Everyone knows that 1000 watts in one kilowatt. that said...i know many people will say that would only make the situation worse with MORE air being drawn from the house into the attic (if more is being sent out of the attic). Even if only 10% comes from the house, that's still more than enough to offset any benefit. If we were to build roofs like radiators, I'd agree with you that we could cool them with fans. My house was built in 1945 and our kitchen ceiling has what I assumed is an attic fan built into it. this keeps out birds, bats,some insects, etc. They're dark-colored. Not surprisingly, the 90* bend at the attic hatch desperately needs work (turning vanes ???) Tower fan uses different types of electricity depending on the standard and speed. Otherwise it would defy physics. Attic fans work!! Much of that heat then conducts downward and finds its way into the house. The a/c usage goes down. I can feel hot air seeping into the house from the attic. what they dont think about is that the fact that the RB wont lay perfectly flat and will NOT be in perfect contact with the insulation thereby maintaining an airgap. 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