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attic vents

Posted By: Ben
Tuesday, 16 May 2000, at 2:20 p.m.

My attic is 34X28 feet and there are 1 inch wide soffit intake vents all along the undereave and there are 4 static exhaust roof vents on the roof. Recently I had the louvered vinyl soffit installed under eave so I don't have to paint again. The louvered vinyl soffit has a strip of holes for venting but the holes are not aligned with the existing soffit vents. Instead it is installed in perpenticular with the existing soffit vents. The attic floor is insulated with R-19 insulation but my second floor is always ~8 degrees higher than my first floor in the summer.

My questions are:

1. did my louvered vinyl soffit effectively reduce my

over intakes for my attic? 2. Does it really save me utility bills if I install a

roof-mounted power fan? Does it help improve the

comfort level on the second floor? If I install the

power roof fan, do I need to cover up the 4 static roof

vents? Some contractors say I have to cover them up

while others say I don't have to. 3. Is a gable power fan better solution than a roof mounted

fan? Currently there are no gable vents. I am thinking

to add 2 gable vents and a power fan on one of the gable

vents. Does this help the attic ventilation?

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