As a homeowner, you must be thinking about the temperature of your home. If it is hot, then what can you do to make it cool? One best option is to install an attic fan in the roof. This article will give some useful tips on how you can install an attic fan in the roof easily and cheaply.
Many people ask whether they need to hire someone to install the attic fan in a roof or can do it themselves. If you are an expert at doing several kinds of repair works, then this project is within your ability. It will help you to save money that would otherwise be spent on hiring a professional installer.
If you want to install the fan yourself, there are certain things that you need to know. The following is a step-by-step guide for this.
STEP 1: Planning and Preparing the Area
Before you begin installing the fan, there are certain things that you need to do. You must read all the instructions given in the user manual of the attic fan before doing anything else. It will help you in choosing the right tools, materials, and other equipment. You must make sure that you have all the tools needed for this project beforehand.
You need to prepare the work area by clearing it from any obstructions. If there are items on the attic floor, then put them in another room or anywhere that is out of your reach. Make sure that your ladder is long enough to reach the roof.
STEP 2: Accessing the Roof and Preparing the Fan
You need to remove all obstructions like old power lines, TV cables, light fixtures, and anything else that is present on your ceiling fan. Removing these things can be tough as they may not come off easily. You must make sure that you are disconnecting everything before you start this project.
Next, you need to access the roof. Take your tools and go up the ladder. Before removing anything, make sure that there are no nails or other sharp items present on the roof. If there is any sign of damage in your insulation materials, then do not try to install a fan as it may increase your electricity bill.
STEP 3: Inspecting the Roof Structure
Before you install an attic fan, inspect your roof structure properly. Make sure there are no loose boards or other materials that can be removed easily. If anything is not in order, then contact a contractor who will help you with this problem at the earliest possible moment. If you see any cracks or holes in your ceiling fan, then do not install a fan until that is fixed.
STEP 4: Installing the Attic Fan
Now that everything is ready, you can begin installing the attic fan. Before it starts raining and wet snow falls on your roof, make sure all preparations are complete, and you have turned off the attic fan switch. The next step is to remove the old insulation from your roof. Now slip a protective sheet on top of that and put down another layer of thicker insulation. Make sure there are no sharp objects that can damage this sheet.
The next thing to do is prepare your home for mounting the new fan. Use screws and drill holes in your roof until you find the right spot to install the fan. Now connect all wires and turn on the power supply. The last thing is to replace the insulation, but before that, make sure there are no nails or sharp objects present on your roof.
You must never try to install any product by skipping these instructions as it may cause serious damage to your roof and attic fan.
Don’t hesitate to get in touch with Fox Roofing and Construction at (503) 660-6225. We specialize in attic insulation and ventilation. We are serving in Gresham, all Portland Metropolitan area, SW Washington, and all surrounding cities.