I have a 7 y/o single story home with a hip roof in Western New York. I
would like to have a powered roof mounted fan with thermostat and
humidistat to regulate temp and humidity in the crawl space. I have a
ridge vent (short in length because of the hip) and soffit vents. Roof
trusses are 24" oc and the soffit vents are every other space with foam
baffles. Local home repair show on radio Saturday mornings says that an
HVAC contractor is the trade to install the unit. Is this correct? Also,
if the fan is mounted high on the roof will it draw from the ridge
vent and not the soffits and if this is a problem should it be mounted
midway up the roof or do I have to remove the ridge vent?
Thanks for any advise
we put the fans so the top of fan is just lower than the top of the
peak, center of roof. get a fan next step bigger than your sq ft calls
for and youll be aok with the ridge vent.
crawl space is under the floor. attic is above the ceiling. What
are you talking about crawl space for? Were you doing drugs when
you wrote that?
humidity and temperature can NOT be regulated if you don't have a
You don't give a damn where the powered roof vent sucks air from. It
will remove more hot air from your attic than ridge vents alone. Do
NOT remove the ridge vents. For small hip peaks, you can put ridge
vents down the slopes.
So you think you'll get the same amount of cooling when a powered
attic fan is pulling air from a vent that is 2 ft aways and then
sending it right back out, as opposed to pulling it up from the soffit
vents? In this case, I would locate it in an area away from the ridge
I'd be curious as to what temp and humidity problems the OP is trying
to solve. With a ridge vent and soffit vents, there should be no
humidity problem, unless there is a source for humidity entering the
attic. If that's the case, I'd focus on that first. If the attic
is still getting extremely hot with the existing venting, then a
powered fan might be in order. But, I'd want to measure how hot it's
getting first. And I'd also want to make sure the soffit vents are
open. It's common for the insulation to be installed so that it
On 24 May 2007 08:38:54 -0700, email@example.com wrote:
I set my power vent fan to come on at 105. That occurs on any sunny
day when temp reaches 90 degrees. That means that my ridge vents are
not moving enouigh air to make up for all the heat from the sun on the
The net result is that my attic now reaches a maximum temp of about
110 instead of the 125 before I installed the power vent fan.
The power fan shuts off about sunset on a clear day.
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