Good morning all,
My wife and I just bought our first home after living in rentals for too long. It’s a 1500SqFt cape cod in a quiet rural area in VA and the first 2 storey home I’ve lived in since moving from England 7 years ago.
We bought the house at the end of Winter when it was nice and cold, we had an inspection before we closed and did everything by the book.
To cut a long story short, now the weather’s hit the usual 90 degrees I found the upstairs too hot to use. The A/C is in great working order and rated properly for the house however I have to close off the downstairs flow to 1/3 and open upstairs fully.
This keeps the A/C running almost 24/7 which will bleed us dry.
After weeks of reading, asking questions and talking to different contractors I came to the conclusion that we didn’t have sufficient ventilation in the attic. The only exhaust in the top attic are 4 6" holes with aluminum pans (Which I’m now blocking off) and soffit intake was practically non existent according to the 1/300 rule.
I had a roofer come out 3 days ago to install a Cobra ridge vent on the 30’ apex of the 12/12 pitch roof. I installed baffles in the top attic for a path from the side attics. Now I’ve started taking out the old solid PVC soffit and replacing it with continuous vented soffit.
The temps in the top attic are easily reaching 150 degrees. When I walk upstairs the temperature change is insane - As soon as your head gets to the top stair there’s a 20 degree change and I can feel heat radiating from the ceiling which makes the upstairs unuseable.
We have no moisture, mold or rot in the top attic.
Basically I’d like to know if I’m doing this properly. We just bought this house and I have a bad feeling that I may be throwing money I don’t have at it to keep it cool.
I took some pics yesterday of the soffit and what I’m trying to do. The bad drawing of the side profile of the house is a result of not enough coffee.
Any input is very much appreciated.
members.cox.net/kjfj/profile.jpg - This is basically what I’m aiming for. The ridge vent and baffles are in and the insulation is already there.
I’m working on the soffit intake over the weekend.
members.cox.net/kjfj/index.html - These are pictures of how the roofline looked before we started and where we’re at right now.