Market Wise Q&A: Can a Warm House be Cooled Down in time for the First Open House?

Pat Kapowich for the San Jose Mercury News

Q: We are in the process of getting our house ready for sale and our agent wants us to install some sort of attic ventilation. We don't have A/C and the house can get very warm on hot days. His request seems odd since we only experience a few weeks of really hot weather. Does the cost benefit make sense to vent the attic?

A: Absolutely. You are now in the business of selling a house. If the buyers are uncomfortable in your home, there won't be any business. Improper ventilation of an attic space allows temperatures to soar to more than 140 degrees. This heat radiates down to the occupant and up to the roofing materials. Roasting prospective buyers will stymie a sale. Slow cooking of roofing material from beneath will void the roof warranty. Your savvy licensee has been down this road. He knows that the investment in attic fans and vents in concert with ceiling fans is a speedy, effective and low-cost alternative to air conditioning especially compared to the repeated price reductions you'll endure if you do nothing.


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