Remodeling your home’s attic can add additional living space such as a bedroom, playroom or office. Cooling an attic remodel is a significant consideration for any renovation project. Here are some effective cooling solutions to incorporate into an attic remodeling project.
Ensure Proper Insulation
Before adding or upgrading any HVAC equipment in your attic, make sure the space is properly insulated. Insulation helps stop the flow of heat from hot to cool spaces. Remember that uninsulated attics can get extremely hot, so put plenty of insulation in the attic walls, floor and ceiling.
Add a Zoning System
Zoning systems allow you to separate your home into separate zones, or areas that receive cooling and heating separate from surrounding zones. They use motorized dampers and individual thermostats to control the temperature in the zone. Consider adding a zoning system that makes the attic area its own separate zone.
Extend Your Existing Cooling System
It may be possible to add ductwork to the attic area to extend your existing cooling system into that part of the house. Keep in mind that your HVAC equipment must have the functional capacity to provide the extra cooling that the attic will need. The new ductwork must also be properly sized and installed to ensure efficient transportation of cool air into the attic space.
Install a Ductless Mini Split
Ductless mini splits are smaller air conditioning units that use a heat pump to provide cooling. The outdoor unit contains the heat pump and other components attached to four or more indoor air handling units. The air handling units can be installed anywhere they are needed to provide cooling.
Install an Attic Fan
An attic fan provides significant air circulation and ventilation for attic spaces. If your attic remodel won’t need a substantial amount of cooling, a fan might be the best solution.
For more information on cooling an attic remodel, check out Grizzle Heating & Air’s home cooling solutions or call 806-553-4690.
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