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Issue 2, 2018
Debunking The Myths About Attic Fans By Steven J. Lang, R.A., LEED G.A.
“...haven’t I been told that attic fans
are good for my attic”?
T he chapter had its first HOAComedy and Bingo Night on April 17th at Homewood Suites in New Windsor. It was a lot of laughs, and everybody had a good time. It makes me realize that you really need to be able to laugh at yourself sometimes — especially in this industry. The jokes centered around the issues that most managers and board members deal with on a daily basis. Sometimes they’re com- plicated issues involving hundreds of thousands of dollars, but sometimes an issue is just unscoooped dog poop. Of course, as board members and managers, there are no small issues and residents need to be treated fairly and with dig- nity when they present a problem. Humor can help everyone maintain a level head in all situations. We continue to try as many different kinds of education formats as we can come up with. While we are serious about educating board members and managers, we can still learn through humor and good times. I Look forward to seeing you at the next event. Raymond Dickey Chapter Executive Director, CAI Hudson Valley New York
A s a Registered Architect (R.A.) and building en- velope specialist, it is my duty to educate my clients so that they can make informed decisions. Part of my job is pre- senting facts and information that in some casesmaymakeme unpopular. One of the biggest push backs that I often receive from my clients has to do with my recommendation that they remove theirattic fansandreplace it with a properly-designed, pas- sive ventilation system. Myth – Powered attic fans are the ideal solution to ven- tilating an attic space. Fact – Properly installed passive ventilation systems provide year round attic ven- tilation that is particularly important in the Northeast to prevent ice damming and has proven to be more efficient and effective at providing proper attic ventilation than powered attic fans. At this point in time, you may be scratching your head and thinking “haven’t I been told that attic fans are good for my attic”? This is prob- ably because over the past 15-25 years, conventional wisdom suggested that attic fans provided superior ven- tilation. In theory, a powered fan should provide better air flow and ventilation than static openings that provide
CONTINUES ON PAGE 3. Attic fans are typically in- stalled high on the roof in an effort to pull out the warm- est air located at the ridge of the attic. When an attic fan is installed with upper pas- sive ventilation components, such as a ridge vent or static dome vent, the fan will pull the most air from the closest source. Rather than pulling air from the soffits, the attic fans will pull air from the ridge vent or nearby static dome vent. This creates a short cycling effect that re- sults in pockets within the attic space that are not prop- erly ventilated. The strong pull of air into the ridge or static vent located near the attic fan can also pull rain and moisture into the attic. For this reason, indus- try standards and most roof shingle manufactur- ers prohibit the use of at- turns them on and off and sometimes, particularly in older models, they are con- nected to an on/off switch. The main objective of these fans is to cool the attic in the warm summer months. While some fans have a sen- sor that measures the relative humidity in the attic that can also activate the fan, most do not and therefore it is quite rare that the fans operate in the colder, winter months.
passive air flow. Based on this line of thinking, motor driven attic fans became quite popu- lar. However, over this time, we have learned a lot more about how these fans actually perform and also gained in- formation regarding the unin- tended side effects that come along with them. The follow- ing is brief summary of the differences between an active attic fan ventilation system compared to a proper passive ventilation system that indus- try standards and roof shingle manufacturers now prefer. Active Ventilation System In an “active” ventilation system, a motor driven attic fan is used to ventilate the at- tic space. These fans are typi- cally installed high up in the attic and pull air from within the attic and exhaust it to the exterior. These fans also require openings in the soffit to allow cool exterior air to be pulled into the attic. The attic fans are often hard wired, but newer solar powered fans are becoming more common on the market. Because they are powered by a motor, these fans are referred to as an “ac- tive” ventilation system be- cause they actively pull air out of the attic. Some of the attic fans have a temperature sensor that
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