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  • You don't need to seal the basement, you need to vent the top floor to pull the cooler air up.

    If the roof sits in sunlight for any decent stretch of the day, get a powered attic vent on a thermostat. A fan that blows the hot air out of the attic when it gets to, say, 105, will make an ASTOUNDING improvement in the temperature of the third floor in the summer. A friend of mine just had to replace his attic vent fan. He knew it had gone bad when his otherwise nice and cool second floor suddenly became unfom

    • by ziggy (25) on 2002.06.11 22:01 (#9487) Journal
      I saw something like this on a This Old House many, many moons ago. They were renovating a colonial house in Georgia that had some a form of air conditioning in the 19th Century[1]. How'd they do it? By installing a ring of propane burners around an open vent in the center of the roof (at the top of the central spiral staircase, IIRC). When it gets hot, just fire up the burners and watch the air rise and circulate. Same basic principle. :-)

      [1] You can date the technique to the introduction to gas line service. Should be pre-Civil war in any case. Not a cheap modification at the time, but certainly required given the climate.