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What Is the Purpose of an Attic Fan?

An attic fan functions as a ventilation system, with the purpose of keeping hot air or moisture from accumulating in the attic. These fans work by circulating stagnant air out of the attic, replacing it with breezy, even-temperature air from the outdoors. Attic fans also dry out accumulated moisture that rises from evaporation and condensation. This circulation prevents long-term damage to the roof and maintains the overall integrity of the house.


Features

What Is the Purpose of an Attic Fan?

An attic fan is a ventilation unit equipped with a fan blade, a motor that runs the unit and housing.  It is usually attached to a small attic window or through the roof, then connected to a power source.


Function

Once the attic fan circulates hot air out and cool air in, the fan pushes the air through the rest of the house through an opening between the attic and the home's living areas. 


Effects

The home is further ventilated and refreshed by the flow of air from the attic opening into every area that is left opened.  This evenly distributes outside air to all parts of the house without full exposure to the outdoors through a door or window.


Significance

Attic fans also function as exhaust fans, releasing unpleasant aromas and stale air from the entire house.  It can be operated for a brief period during the winter to give the house a prespring refresher.


Potential

Attic fans are not too difficult to install for the handy do-it-yourselfer.  With a little help, the fan can be attached through your home's roof, then wired to your home's electrical supply.

Consult a roofer and an electrician about the safety codes and special instructions for your home's location. 

About the Author

Naima Manal's articles on health, diet, nutrition, alternative medicine, education, parenting, crafts, travel, home and garden and home improvement have appeared on various websites. Manal received her Bachelor of Science in biology/pre-medical studies from Molloy College in 1994 and has been a freelance writer, teacher and homeschooling mom since 1993.

Photo Credits

  • Horizons Energy Systems, Nation's Building News