When I had my house built, it got cold and so we called the local power co-op energy savings expert to give us advice. One of the things he said was that we had the wrong kind of insulation in the attic, that it needed to be a higher rating. So, we hired an insulation company and they used something instead of fiberglass called "poly". They vacuumed all the treated, recycled newspaper insulation that was previously used, and brought in the poly, which they blew in. This worked well and among the other changes we did, it warmed the house up.
But then one of the attic fans broke where the fan part spun off the spindle because of a poor weld. This caused sparking as metal scraped metal and I ran into the attic to shut it off in the nick of time. We hired an electrician and he took the fan motor and blade into his shop and re-welded it back on very nicely, as well as added a bolt for extra reinforcement. This lasted us for several years until this year, when the bearing on the motor broke and it made an awful noise. The bearing was such that it would stop and start, but once it got started, it would run fine.
So, my fears are:
- Is this poly stuff fireproof and the proper stuff to insulate my attic with?
- What attic fan make/model would you recommend (I have two of them and they seem underpowered for my hot attic) that can withstand the extremes, last long, and reduce my fire risk?
- What safety measures can I add to my attic to reduce the fire risk?
The other thing I don't understand is -- I've lived in several houses before over several decades, each with attics. I've never had to worry about attic fans at all until this house. Why is my attic an issue?