My Upstairs is Too HOT!
We do more than just QuietCool Whole House Fans. Insulation is also necessary to keep your upstairs rooms from getting too hot. This list shows you the most cost-effective measures available to take control of your upstairs temperature.
|QuietCool Whole House Fan
The QuietCool Whole House Fan is usually the single most effective measure to cool down hot upstairs bedrooms.
Whole House Fans use natural cool air to cool your home and ventilate the attic.
|Spray Foam Insulation
Attics need to breathe. Air flows through an attic and carries heat out with it. Most attics are under-ventilated and this is a large part of the problem. It may be solved by installing additional attic vents or an attic fan.
There are several options to insulate your attic
1. Spray Foam on the under-side of your roof
Spray Foam on the under-side of your roof and the side-walls of your attic will STOP the heat before it gets in there!
2. Air-seal the attic deck
Most homes have huge air leaks between the living space and attic. This may be corrected with a layer of spray foam on the attic deck or spot treatment with foam.
3. Loose-fill insulation
Most attics already have some bulk insulation. This can be upgraded with a layer of loose-fill insulation.
|Inject Foam Into Hot Walls
South and West facing walls tend to be the hottest because they catch most of the afternoon sun. We can inject these walls with foam and stop the heat transfer through them.
Windows are often one of the first things people replace, but can be one of the most expensive measures.
|A/C duct zone control
Before you spend money on upgrading your air conditioner, try re-doing the duct work with zone control so you can isolate and cool rooms as needed.
Hopefully by the time you have properly insulated your home, you won’t need to shell out the big bucks for a new air conditioning system. You won’t need it!
“The perfect install”
After installing hundreds of Quiet Cool fans over the past few years we feel we’re getting pretty good at it, but we are always looking to improve it if we can. Of course nobody’s perfect, but we sat down the other day and asked ourselves the question, what would “The perfect install” look like? Maybe something like this:
The consultation: First of all, the perfect install doesn’t start when we arrive at your home with our toolbox. It actually starts during the design and estimating process when we are working with you to understand your needs, and how we can best meet them. Thing’s like the size of your home, how much attic venting you have, which parts of the home you want to keep cool, and of course your budget: We consider all of these things and more to come up with a solution that will be right for you. Sometimes we can do all this over the phone and sometimes we need to come out and visit you to make sure we have all the correct information.
Scheduling the install: We schedule an appointment with you at a convenient time that minimizes disruption to your day to day life. Sometimes the traffic just doesn’t cooperate but we do our very best to arrive at the time we agreed.
Before we bring our equipment into your home, we put down rubber mats to keep your carpets clean. We also use spring loaded poles to capture the drywall dust that is created when we install the ceiling grill.
Here we see Kathy disposing of the drywall and dust.
Although not detailed in Quiet Cool’s installation manual, we like to seal every tiny gap and crack we can find with foam. The removes the possibility of any hot air from the attic getting down into the living space.
The fan motor is then hung from the rafters in the attic.
The duct is connected to the damper box.
Electrical cable is connected to the fan and threaded down through the wall for a wall-switch
The wall-switch hole is cut and switch wired into place.
Here we see the wall switch installed next to the existing thermostat.
The attic fan or whole house fan is ready to use!
So when you are looking for someone to install your Quiet Cool fan, stick to someone like 951 Construction that has the knowledge, experience and reputation to do the job right. We are not the cheapest but you can be sure of a quality install.