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Properly insulate and vent the attic. All you'll do is pull in outdoor pollutants, making your house dirty and dusty.
But the serious consideration is putting your house in a negative draft situation, which will affect/downdraft other appliances and fireplaces, which is bad and dangerous.
I had a call from a person with a whole house fan, and an oil fired boiler with domestic coil.
Their boiler was having nuisance lockouts and there was soot around the boiler in the basement, and the other companies couldn't figure it out/fix it.
Before I even went into the basement I saw the louvers in the ceiling. The basement door swung into the basement, and with the fan running would pull itself shut at 3".
Cleaned the boiler, disconnected the fan, never a problem again.
If that was gas or a gas water heater, they could've been killed by CO
The big problem is in the shoulder seasons, you can get cool enough to run heat, but early morning sun beating on the roof triggers the attic fan, so both run. And a domestic call can happen at any outdoor temperature.
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I went back to a job we did in 1999. The house was recently sold and the new owner wanted maintenance and repair work done.
This was one of my first “big” projects. It is approximately 22k sq ft.
Dan Holohan walked this job while it was still under construction and wrote a column about it.
My techs have worked here over the years but it had been many years since I had been on site. It was interesting to go back into time and review the job and see what I would do differently if given a second chance.
But, if you’re not careful, stupid will fix you?
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