Most homeowners don’t spend much time in the attic, so it may seem unnecessary to worry about regulating the temperature. But in the summer, as warm air rises and fills the attic—typically heating it up to 120 or even 140 degrees at the hottest part of the day—all that trapped heat will seep through the ceiling and into your home. This forces the air conditioner to work harder and sends utility costs through the roof (no pun intended). Plus, an overheated attic can cause asphalt shingles to break down over time.
Fortunately, there are several relatively easy, affordable ways to cool an attic.
EcoFoil Attic Insulation
Reflective attic insulation is widely considered the most effective method of reducing attic heat. Made from 99% pure aluminum, EcoFoil works with traditional fiberglass or cellulose insulation to ensure an energy-efficient space. This insulation offers an array of benefits:
• Durable: EcoFoil is virtually indestructible and impossible to tear.
• Effective: This type of attic insulation redirects up to 97% of radiant heat.
• Easy to install: EcoFoil can be installed in just a few hours by 1 or 2 people, with just standard scissors and a staple gun.
• Safe: As a Class 1/Class A flame retardant radiant barrier, this attic insulation requires no special clothing or protective equipment during installation, and leaves no debris behind.
Designed specifically to pull hot air out of the attic, an electric attic fan automatically activates when the space reaches a certain temperature, generally over 100 degrees. To ensure safe and optimal function, we recommend hiring a certified electrician to install the fan.
With this solution, a three-inch opening is cut into the side of the roof top and covered with a vent before replacing the shingles. This facilitates the flow of hot air out of the attic. Ridge vents require no additional energy or electricity, although soffit vents will need to be installed along the eaves to ensure proper airflow. If you already have existing vents, check them to make sure they aren’t clogged with dirt, debris, or insulation.
With the right ventilation or insulation, you can prevent your attic from turning into an empty—and expensive—sauna in the summer. To learn more visit www.ecofoil.com or call 888-349-3645.