In the warmer months the upstairs gets very warm so we are looking for a way to cool the upstairs.
Commented on Apr 27, 2012
The difference between the two are distinct. The attic fan is meant to bring in air from the
soffits (the overhang of the roof) and pick-up the warm air or moist air and to exit that air out roof top vents. The whole house fan (direct drive or belt drive) is meant to bring in air from the whole house (open lower windows) and to push that air out attic vents, both soffit and roof top vents. The whole house style is the most efficient means of cooling off the upstairs of a house with outside air(hopefully cooler).
The attic vent will get rid of the hot air in your attic, but you will need some sort of cooling to the upstairs to make that area livable.
If the pollins in your area are a problem, I guess, it is a matter of how much does it bother you.
My heart is telling me to go with custom or "real wood" but my wallet is shouting IKEA. For a static piece of furniture does it really matter?
Commented on Feb 11, 2012
about 10 years ago I needed a VERY cheep bedroom set for a returning college grad. I went to
1 of the stores that sells overstock items and picked-up a very cheesy plastic topped (made to look like oak) finish. I used a 220 grit paper and sanded all the pieces. Then used a Black gloss enamel paint and a 3" roller. My lord ... the stuff came out looking like Japanese black furniture. Completed the room with some Japanese decorations. It has been used for 10 years and still going strong.
While "trying" to salvage baseboard to re-use, I ended up damaging some drywall in the bottom corner where two outside walls meet. I wasn't too concerned because Drywall is not the
hardest thing to repair. So I dug a little bit to remove the drywall to see if there was insulation behind it and was shocked to discover what appears to be thin foil on a thin paper backing with zero insulation anywhere. It's as if this was a vapor barrier applied directly behind the drywall with empty studs. To double check, I took off an outlet cover further down the outside wall and I could just feel cold air pouring in with no signs of pink stuff around the box. This side of the home is part of the original build from 1960-70. Can't believe they wouldn't put ANY insulation in the walls but if my outside walls are empty, it would explain why it's so damn drafty and cold on the original parts of the house.
Commented on Feb 11, 2012
good suggestion for the attic. For the walls, a pro will be needed to blow-in cellulose
insulation. It WILL settle over time, so you end up with 4/5 of the wall insulated. The only other course is completely stripping all the inside drywall ... probably not an option.