attic weatherstripping

Old 08-08-01, 03:53 AM
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I have a bi-level home with a pull down stair case to the attic and a whole house fan which we use frequently.
On these real hot days we use the air conditioner.
I noticed the hallway being hotter. It seems that the air conditioning unit is pulling the hot air from the attic through the fan louvers and the attic staircase.
Is there any way to insulate them and to keep them usable when I want to without going up into the attic and covering them. I was hoping that I could install some kind of weatherstripping Any suggestions? Thanks, Anita
Old 08-12-01, 07:26 PM
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Hello Anita

Sorry to findout your question has gone several days without any reply. There isn't any moderator for this forum. I just happened to Surf here...

How to cover the whole house fan louvers with a temporary cover that can be removed or installed day to day without the cover looking tacky, would take some imagination.

I doubt weather stripping each louvers end so it would seal when closed would work very well. Maybe some type of heavy cloth fabic with plastic backing? But then someone would have to access the fan on days it's used and return to cover it again when not used.

Hallways can become warmer if the A/C intake duct isn't located in the hallway. If the intake duct is located in the hallway and you suspect it's drawing warm attic air through the louvers, test if by passing your hand over the louvers while the A/C is on.

Do the same around the pull down attic access ladder. Which I suspect you mean as the staircase? The area around the ladder can be weather stripped.

If the attic access is in fact an opened staircase, a door or heavy drapery would be required. This depends on the floor plan which I can't determine.

Hope some of the above is helpful. A reply back from you may not get my attention, since I dont' often visit this forum...

Regards and Good Luck
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Old 09-07-01, 07:33 PM
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if the louvers are metal you can get magnetic sheets from a sign shop and cover the louvers...... good luck

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