Attics act as a buffer between interior living spaces and the outdoor environment. They accumulate a great deal of heat and moisture that rises from the floors below. This heat and moisture can deteriorate roof structures and materials over time. Proper attic ventilation removes this excess heat and keeps air flowing in the attic to remove moisture and humidity. Do-it-yourself attic temperature monitoring will indicate whether additional methods of ventilation are required. Many devices are available to increase attic ventilation, including passive vents, power fans and solar fans.
Things You'll Need
- Temperature gauge
- Aluminum foil
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Choose the type of temperature monitor for your needs. Some monitors are simple temperature indicators, while others allow for remote reading of the gauge from outside the attic. Other types contain a gauge to measure the humidity level of the attic area.
Hang the temperature monitor at a midrange level in the attic space where it is neither close to the floor of the attic nor near the roof area.
Record the temperature in the attic on a hot day in the afternoon. If the temperature is more than 50 degrees Fahrenheit more than the outside temperature, you should install more ventilation in the attic, according to the Home Energy Place website.
Record other temperatures throughout the day. For instance, take a reading at sunset, when the attic heat is greatest.
Measure the temperature of other areas of the attic to determine if attic venting is variable in different areas of the attic. These measurements will allow you to determine where more venting is needed.