Power AtticFan Troubles

Old 07-28-02, 09:30 AM
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Power AtticFan Troubles

I currently have a powered attic fan (Leslie-Locke) that is currently not working. I think I have two primary otions: 1) replace the fan; or, 2) remove the fan and add more insulation.

I have had occasions in the past where wind blown rain has entered throught he fan opening and collected on the celing below causing watermarks and even setting off our smoke detector. Right now I have a tarp and bucket under the fan to catch the water if it happens. If I replace the fan, does anyone have recommendations as to the make of fan I should look to purchase? Hopefully, something that will keep the wind blown rain out! I like the fan in the winter to help remove the moisture in the attic.

The second option is to remove the fan, cover the hole, replace the shingles, and add more insulation. I am leaning this way but was looking for some solid advice on the advantages/disadvantages of a powered attic fan. Can any one provide some insight or point me to internet resources?
Old 07-30-02, 07:16 PM
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Lightbulb Ditch the electric fan

Even with more insulation you must have venting in the attic ...

Go with some wind turbines using one per 600 sq ft of attic space, they are easy to install, use no electricity and work well.

I have 2 on my 900 sq ft house and have yet to see attic temps over 120 (it's been a mild summer, haven't seen 100 outside yet)

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