Hot Attic Solutions, Hot Home Repairs: Do not block the air, ensure sufficient insulation, installing a solar attic fan, and more…
Hot Attic Solutions are what we are going to talk about. The main problem we’re going to solve today is to make it to where the second floor of this house is cooler so that the kids can be comfortable when they sleep and the AC actually gets to the target temperature of 72 degrees. That’s what we’re going to try to fix. ♪♪ – I did that house back there on the left… A crawlspace. Am I on the right road? This is why I should turn my GPS on. If I don’t turn my GPS on, I’m on the wrong road. All right, turn your camera off, we’re in the wrong place. – Oh, we’re in the wrong place? – Yeah. – Get lost? – I’m lost.
– This is why I have a GPS. – You could almost hear banjos playing. Oh, here we are. Civilization again. I know where I am now. – That rope is to keep those guys from falling off that roof. Tied to the truck. See them up there? – Yep. Oh, they got to cut in through that? – Yeah. He’s putting in the solar attic fans. – How’s it coming, Adam? What we’re doing is putting R… This is Adam. Say hi, Adam. – Hi. – Putting R-13 on the walls. You always put the paper facing in. Between this plywood or this OSB in the downstairs, they laid R-38, so it is insulated. It’s technically an insulated attic. So all this heat. I mean it’s only…What time is it, 10? This is already hot, like it’s not burning hot, but it’s hot. So all that thermal heat, radiant heat is transferring through the wood. It will transfer down. So what we’re going to do is we’re going to put baffles, and I’ll show you. These are called baffles, all right? So these go in first and they allow airflow from the soffit vents all the way to the ridge grip.
So that way we’re not blocking air. On a cathedral ceiling, that’s very important. We’re going to stop about right here with the insulation. Then we’re going to insulate straight across and then go back down the other side. And then in the peak above us, we’re installing two solar attic fans. If you’re going to get started on a project like this, I recommend what I call a “slap stapler.” These are really nice because you just hammer the staple.
Just like that. I still need to put baffles, but I’m just doing this just to show you. So the baffles would go all the way there up to about right here. But this kind of rests in the cavity like that. And some people will bring the paper over and staple it here. But if you ever put drywall, you got these staples in the way, so it’s best if you kind of leaves it right there and just…like that. Like that. Go down. Just like that. And then you just pop it all the way down, but I’m not going to do it all because we still got to put baffles behind it, so… So here’s your solar pattern if you want to come over here. It’s kind of hard to see.
This is their template. So it shows the hole we’re going to put in the solar. And then…the nice thing about our solar fans is it has a thermostat control mechanism. So in the winter whenever it’s up there, it’s got this thing that will dangle inside the attic, so if the attic gets too chilly, it does not turn on. It’s set at 70 degrees, which is really nice. You don’t have to worry about these solar fans kicking on, because they kick on as soon as solar hits them. ♪ ♪ – How was your experience working with our team? Were they polite? Respectful? – Oh, it’s been great. From the moment I called, the office staff was super helpful and sent somebody out within a couple of days to give us basically an assessment of the space and what the recommendations were. And then within a short amount of time, a team was out here doing the work. They were timely and courteous and they left the place clean. Probably cleaner than it was before because of… – Excellent. – …they were vacuuming my hallway, so that’s great. – Oh all right, great. Good to hear. And were you satisfied with the quality of the work that we did for you? – Yes, extremely.
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