High and Dry After Flood Damage

Repairing the damage done to your home after a flood can look like an overwhelming job. In most cases, it’s best to seek out the services of a professional flood damage restoration team. But when my home flooded a few years ago, I found out that there were some things that I could do myself. Books, clothes, and even furniture can recover from water damage under the right circumstances. Knowing how to prevent mold, and remove it when you find it, can also come in handy after a flood. I know that it can be a devastating event for a family. That’s why I started this blog – to share my experience with flood damage and share the things that I learned that helped me put my home back together. With both professional help, and amateur ideas, hopefully you can learn something useful from my experience.

Cooling Your House Without An Expensive Air Conditioner

Construction & Contractors Blog

Do you live in a house without an air conditioner? Do you wish that you could get your home to cool down at least at night, but you don't want the added expense of a large air conditioning unit? While many modern homes have air conditioners installed, older homes that were built before air conditioners became popular and commonplace can seem to be out of luck. Fortunately, there are other methods of cooling your home that don't involve an expensive air conditioning unit. One of the most efficient and least expensive is the installation of attic fans. here are some reasons to consider this possibility.

Low installation costs: An air conditioner for your whole house can cost hundreds of dollars on its own. And then you could also have an expensive installation if it turns out that your roof needs to be modified to hold the weight of the air conditioner, in addition to the cost of adding ductwork to your home. In contrast, attic fans should have a lower price tag, since they are simply fans. Since they are much lighter than air conditioners, there's no need for expensive modifications and they don't need ductwork to be installed either. All of this can make installation costs be very affordable to you. 

Quick cooldown: If you live in an area where the days can be hot but the evenings and nights are usually cool or even chilly, attic fans can cool your home very quickly. A whole house attic fan is installed in a central location and will draw air out of your hot house via your attic. You may have already tried doing similar things with window-mounted fans, but may not have been very successful due to a lack of air circulation. A whole-house attic fan is larger than a window-mounted fan and so doesn't suffer from the same deficiencies. Drawing air out of the house will create negative pressure, allowing cool air to rush in. This is in contrast to window-mounted fans that are often set up to blow air into the home, forcing the fan to work against increasing air pressure. The large flow of cool air through your home as a result of the attic fan will result in a house that may cool down much more rapidly than you'd expect.

Eliminate radiant heat: Even if you manage to cool your house for the most part using only window-mounted fans, you're still facing the prospect of still having heat radiating down from your attic. During the day, a significant amount of heat can build up in your attic, which then results in your ceiling and upper walls becoming very hot. This heat is then stored in your attic and can continue to heat your home long after sunset. With a whole-house attic fan, this extra-hot air will be blown out of your attic with the hot air from the interior of your main home. Your attic will then cool down, reducing or completely eliminating radiant heat. For more information, talk to insulation services by Green Penguin Insulation.


16 September 2016