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Old 07-27-2007, 09:39 AM   #16
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You say the furnace and hot water heater are in the hallway closet yet the attic air heats your master bedroom closet. The furnace and hot water heater should be in a closet of their own and sealed.
This is a 1950's ranch style home in Dallas, TX. The master bedroom closet is on the other side of the water heater/furnace closet. The walls in the master closet get very hot in summer since the attic gets well over 120 I'm guessing. I've used a laser thermo to see the walls as hot as 90 degrees in summer in the master closet. Hot enough to melt the chocolate my wife hides in there.

I've decided to leave the closet alone for now. I agree with the posts that say to leave the vent alone from the attic. I think my problem is just the heat radiating off of this closet. I need better insulation in the closet ( not sure how to do that ) and to weatherstrip around the door. By the way, the attic is definitely well ventilated as far as I can tell. In fact, there is a turbine right above the mechanical closet where the vent is cut into the ceiling.

Eventually, we want to install a newer, more efficient cooling and heating system as well as possibly installing an on-demand water heater in the attic. A lot less noise from the AC, more storage in the hallway closet, cooler walls and no melted chocolate.

Any ideas on how I can beef up the installation in the mechanical closet would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for all of your suggestions and concerns!

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Old 07-27-2007, 10:09 AM   #17
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This is a 1950's ranch style home in Dallas, TX. The master bedroom closet is on the other side of the water heater/furnace closet. The walls in the master closet get very hot in summer since the attic gets well over 120 I'm guessing. I've used a laser thermo to see the walls as hot as 90 degrees in summer in the master closet. Hot enough to melt the chocolate my wife hides in there.

I've decided to leave the closet alone for now. I agree with the posts that say to leave the vent alone from the attic. I think my problem is just the heat radiating off of this closet. I need better insulation in the closet ( not sure how to do that ) and to weatherstrip around the door. By the way, the attic is definitely well ventilated as far as I can tell. In fact, there is a turbine right above the mechanical closet where the vent is cut into the ceiling.

Eventually, we want to install a newer, more efficient cooling and heating system as well as possibly installing an on-demand water heater in the attic. A lot less noise from the AC, more storage in the hallway closet, cooler walls and no melted chocolate.

Any ideas on how I can beef up the installation in the mechanical closet would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for all of your suggestions and concerns!

I hear what you are saying. You are worried about radiant heat coming through the walls. Well, the only thing you can do is to insulate the closet and treat it as if it were an exterior wall. Tearing the drywall out is more than I would do. If you are really concerned, you can cut small circles in the drywall (at the top) between the studs. You would then blow in insulation into the cavity. Good luck with everything. I was thinking about putting in a tankless hot water heater as well. Can't decide whether it is worth it or not.
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