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Old 03-12-2010, 01:16 PM  
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My house has a bedroom and bathroom in the finished attic. We had our first rather warm day here since I bought the place and I can tell that it's going to be HOT up there. There is one vent for the HVAC system in the bedroom, and it's not a huge space. What steps can I take to make it as cool as possible up there in the warmer months? There is a small unfinished space in the attic, with a single vent at the front of the house.



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My house has a bedroom and bathroom in the finished attic.
In the SW corner of the house?
We use a 5K BTU window unit, but fans can go a long way to reducing the apparent temperature.


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The finished side is the south side of the house, and the relatively small unfinished portion (front of the house) faces north. There are only skylights, so a window unit is not an option. I do have a 32 in. ceiling fan in the middle of the bedroom. Let me know if there is anything else I can do. I am in the process of adding a walk in closet to the unfinished portion, so there will actually be very little unfinished area, if that matters.

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You could find an AC that fits between studs on 16" centers and cut a hole in an exterior wall.
A vented skylight is another measure you can take.
You might also try a duct booster fan, but the Stack Effect [hot air rises] is fighting you while trying to cool this area. This same effect will help some with the heating.

According to
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your Cooling Degree Days are about the same as mine, 1500. My area gets very humid in the summer which is an additional burden on the AC; I don't know about your humidity levels.

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