Here are the most common questions I get from homeowners, just like you, about our Attic Tune-Up attic and garage ventilation system. I’ve also included some helpful links for additional information at the bottom of the page.
How much money will I save?
There’s no set answer to this as there are a number of factors involved. Our customer’s report:
- Their AC units are no longer running constantly during the hottest of summer months and they’re seeing a reduction in their monthly power usage.
- The system has reduced the strain on their cooling system and it no longer freezes up, needing costly repairs or replacement.
- Parts of their home that were unbearably hot are now useful again.
Doesn’t the insulation in my attic prevent the heat from making its way into my home?
To some extent, the answer is yes. But like a pot of boiling water, once the pressure builds up, the heat will filter through the insulation no matter how much you have installed. Insulation is really a blanket and with enough heat, it will retain the heat and prevent the attic from cooling down during the coolest few hours before sunrise. Having a good venting system goes a long way to remove the heat in the attic 24 hours a day!
I have an older home and adding more insulation isn’t going to be easy. Am I better off having vents put in or a fan?
The answer is yes! Adding vents solves the problem of replacing the hot attic air with cooler outside air, while adding a fan forces the hot air out of the attic eliminating the heat being forced into your home. Dollar for dollar, adding vents and the fan will net you greater savings than trying to add more insulation. And the nice part is you will see the savings in your utility bills each month when you use your air conditioner.
Will I have to mount the fan on the roof?
The design of your home will often dictate the best type of installation. The Flex-Fan™ (the primary fan we make) can be installed in three types of applications.
- The ceiling in the garage is my first choice. This way we can cool your garage as well as the attic over your garage and livable area. During the summer months, a Flex-Fan™ installed in the garage ceiling will reduce your home’s utility bills by removing the hot trapped air from the attic in addition to making the garage cooler.
- When you are not running your air conditioner, the same fan that was installed to cool down your attic and/or garage can now be used to cool your home. Simply open the door between the garage and the livable area of your home. This will allow air to be drawn into your home to cool it down.
- Wall mounting. If you don’t have an attic over your garage, wall mounting the Flex-Fan™ is a good option.
- Ceiling mounting in the house. For a 1 or 2-story home, the Flex-Fan™ is installed in the ceiling of the home. Again, the design and layout of the home will dictate where the install is best. We will attach a back draft damper that is normally closed to keep out the hot attic air from coming into the livable area. The damper opens as the air pressure from the exhaust blows past the damper blades.
Where will the vents be installed?
Garage Fan Application: Normally we install screened louvered openings in the lower portion (near the floor) of the outside walls of your garage. Openings can also be put in your overhead garage door by replacing the glass in the openings with a black diamond mesh screen if your door can accommodate them. Click here to see photos of different intake vents.
Eave or Intake Vent Applications: The normal place to install vents is between the rafters under the eave area visible from the outside of your home. The type of vents installed depends on whether the rafters are open or enclosed.
We can also make customized vents to ensure they don’t become a distraction to your home.
Most tile roofs have no roof vents at all! We’ll show you how we have solved that problem for many homeowners.
How do I know how many vents are needed?
There is a mathematical formula that is used to calculate the airflow required. One of the mandates to becoming a licensed contractor with a specialty in fan and vent installations was proving I have the knowledge to determine the size and number of vents for any and all types of installations whether the air is free-flowing or under pressure. I’m a certified expert in this field and I’ve held patents for specialized vent designs. Attic Tune-Up Systems specializes in the attic, garage, and whole-house ventilation.
How often does the fan need to be cleaned?
We recommend at least 2 times per year. In most installations, it’s a rather simple process and should take less than half an hour.
To maintain your warranty, the fan must be cleaned twice each year. We do offer a fan cleaning service if you would like us to do it.
How Much is the System?
Every project is different based on the size of your home and your exact needs. However, to give you a starting point, the typical installation of our Attic Tune-Up attic and garage ventilation system ranges from about $1,200 to $1,400.
The best way to get a realistic price for your home’s system would be to request a home site visit. Once I see your location I can give you a very detailed estimate so you’ll know exactly what you’re paying for.
My Fixed Price Guarantee.
No one else does this and I’m not sure why.
The price I’ll quote for your ventilation project is the price you’ll pay. No end-of-job money surprises.
Additional Useful Links
- HVI certifies a wide range of home ventilating products manufactured by companies located throughout the world which produce the vast majority of the residential ventilation products sold in North America.
- The state of Arizona requires that ALL contractors must be licensed. Many are not. Use this link to find out if a contractor you’re talking to work on your home is legit.