100+ year old house in Wyoming with hip roof is hot as heck — should we vent it?
Our hip roof is primarily hip with 1 side gable and 1 rear gable. We have no soffit venting and 4 standard square roof vents plus 1 gable vent on the rear west facing gable.
Our house is horribly hot in the summer (we only have a ceiling fan and portable fans in the house an big radiators by all the major windows make an a/c unit troublesome.)
We have thought for the longest time that the reason the house was so hot and somewhat cold in the winter was because the attic wasn’t venting out and the hot/cold air had no where to go. We know we need to add a few more inches of blown insulation in the attic to reach our climates r value but is there anything else we should be doing? We don’t have an energy auditor in our town or nearby…the closest is 2 hours away.
At one point we were going to have someone install soffit venting plus solar attic vent (we have just over 1,000 sf of an attic) but read about the backdraft issues occurring with gas applicances…we have a gas kitchen stove plus our a boiler uses gas…so that had me spooked. I also wonder with as close as some the homes are in the neighborhood if the soffit vents work??
I am struggling and the roofing companies around us don’t seem to have any suggestions outside the standard vents we have…they just say they don’t do small jobs like ours!
P.S. Excuse our exterior of peeling paint and columns in need of repair…this is quite a project house…especially when we are trying to keep materials and methods green and historically appropriate!
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