I’ve lived in a few different places in my life, and the houses have all been quite different from one another.
However, until now, I’ve never had a house with an attic before. I didn’t realize that the top floor of the house gets so incredibly hot until I discovered it myself the other day, as I tried to organize the closet in our spare bedroom. You see, that closet has an access point to the house’s attic space. I was rearranging boxes and trying to pack similar objects into the spare bedroom closet when I realized I was overheated to an extreme degree. Poking around, I realized that the attic door was at least ten degrees hotter than the rest of the closet, and it was making the small space a lot hotter than the rest of the house. I went to check on the thermostat settings, but everything was appropriate; there was nothing I could do to remedy the hot air in this corner of the house except to set up some box fans for extra ventilation while I worked in the heat. SInce then, I’ve noticed that every single day that room feels exuberantly hot compared to the rest of the house. The attic gets so warm that it passes the heat directly to the spare bedroom, and the temperature remains elevated for the duration of the day. The only option as far as I can tell is to seal off the access point to the attic and hope that the hot air stays trapped up there!