I’m Hot!- No... I am really Hot- Heat in Attics

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Home Inspector with NCW Home Inspections, LLC

I’m Hot!- No... I am really Hot- Heat in Attics- Wenatchee and Okanogan Home Inspection Services

One of the best times as a home inspector is climbing into an attic that feels like you just entered a blast furnace.

On a recent home inspection I was fortunate enough to have a thermometer to just let me know how much fun I was really having.


                              Attic temperature exceeds thermometer

If you look closely at this picture you can see the thermometer reading -40 below. Well what it is really saying is that the temperature in the attic is exceeding the 130 degree mark and working on going around again.

And yes I did crawl through the whole attic!

When I climbed out of this attic into the garage which was around 91 degrees and it actually felt very cool.

But on a serious note, properly vented attics and insulation help control heat buildup and communication of the attic space with the living space.

Understanding Attic Ventilation- Here is a building science article on the subject.

I think I need another glass of cold water just thinking about it!

 

“A discovery is said to be an accident meeting a prepared mind”

Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

 

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great post Don - informative, yet with a touch of humor and a photo - very effective blog technique that will help you build your book of business. hope you have a regular email newsletter that goes out too with info like this. it's perfect length.

July 30, 2012 06:06 AM
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Donald Hester
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Randy, Thank you. Sometimes a little humor makes the job a tad bit easier. Needless to say it makes it a little bit more fun ; )

July 30, 2012 06:19 AM
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Malcolm Johnston
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Yikes, is it even safe to work in heat like that Donald? That seems a little extreme to me.

July 30, 2012 07:05 AM
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Clint Mckie
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Hi Donald,

I had a post the other day that talked about the temps in the attic at time of inspection was 144 plus.

I did'nt stay very long. But I did find a lot of issues. Codes need to bump up venting requirments.

Stay cool my friend.

Best, Clint McKie

July 30, 2012 07:08 AM
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Donald Hester
NCW Home Inspections, LLC
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Malcolm, You do not want to stay up there for a very long time ; ) Staying hydrated is the key.

 

Clint, You know that can not be good for any associated wiring in the attic space. Let alone for the Lonely inspector ; )

I found several issue also, that's why we go ;)

You get temps probally even higher than me. Though we are moving into the hottest period for us. August usually will bring some 100+ degree days. Those attics will just be so much fun.

July 30, 2012 07:21 AM
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Charles Buell
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Don, that makes me sweat just thinking about it.

July 30, 2012 09:56 AM
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Donald Hester
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Same here, I think I am sweating again. Yikes I stink ; )

July 30, 2012 10:19 PM
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Jay Markanich
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One today the seller had carefully cut and placed bat fiberglass over each of the soffit vent openings to keep that pesky cold air out!

Yepper, it was hot!

August 01, 2012 05:43 PM
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Donald Hester
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Jay, That was so nice of them to do that for you ; ) That would make it supper hot.

August 01, 2012 05:46 PM
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James Quarello
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A trounce through a hot attic is a good way to shed a few pounds :)

August 02, 2012 04:34 AM
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Donald Hester
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Jim, So true and makes man(or woman) very thirsty ; )

August 02, 2012 06:15 AM
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