The Hottest Place On The Planet!
( Death Valley and Your Attic)
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With a recorded temperature of 134 degrees, California's Death Valley, part of the Mojave Desert Ecosystem, is officially considered the hottest place on earth*. It is not uncommon for summer temperatures there to reach 120 degrees.
Here in southeastern Virginia, you don’t have to go to Death Valley to experience the “doubly whammy” of record breaking high temperatures PLUS equally “heart stopping”, uncomfortable, high humidity. In fact, you don’t even have to leave home. Just visit your attic in July & August!
Surrounded as we are by the Atlantic Ocean to our east and the Chesapeake Bay on the North, an unventilated attic located here in Tidewater, Virginia, can easily reach a temperature of 130-150 degrees in the middle of summer…well above the average temperature of the hottest place on the planet.
It’s why we don’t let our mechanics and technicians work alone in attics in the middle of summer and why shorts and short sleeve shirts are permitted as standard uniform dress code. In addition, most of them have as a part of their personal tools, portable exhaust fans and carry an ample supply of bottled water.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that this intense heat buildup in the attic can easily be transferred through your ceiling into the habitable section of your home and if the ductwork runs through the attic, the risk of losing that precious, expensive cold air increases…making the air conditioner work harder and the energy costs soar!
There are many ways to reduce energy costs in your home. Good attic ventilation is just one of them but is mandatory if energy costs are to be controlled. Power attic ventilators, which can be purchased at most large hardware stores, can lower your attic's temperature by as much as 30 degrees during the summer .
A web page listing 53 other ways to reduce energy costs…everything from cooling tips to dishwashers…is viewable by clicking here.
* Libya. On July 13, 1922, the National Geographic Society recorded an even higher temperature of 136 degrees in Al' Aziziyah, Libya, but the reading has not been officially recognized.