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Old 10-06-2019, 10:36 AM
 
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I know there has been some popularity of decorative cupolas. But I am curious if anybody has functional one and how well it does help cool house in summer? Just venting attic or venting whole house? Is it worth the bother?



I am moving to a house in warmer climate and dont particularly like air conditioning. Before air conditioning, high ceilings, properly oriented windows for prevailing breezes, and cupolas were way it was done. So thinking shade, fans, and maybe cupola be way to go? Course for poor people, they generally just slept outside on porch in hottest weather..... If you look at some older southern houses with an upstairs, then tended to have an upstairs balcony/porch, mostly for summer sleeping I think.
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Old 10-06-2019, 05:58 PM
 
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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A ridge vent is better at overall venting of an attic space versus "a" hole in the center of the roof.
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Old 10-06-2019, 09:54 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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I won't get rid of humidity.
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Old 10-07-2019, 03:44 AM
 
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Having lived in relatively humid climate all my life, I've made peace with that. And yea I know I would be more comfortable in a high desert area.


I am thinking more of a cupola that acts as vent for living area. I remember as kid some houses had an attic fan to suck air from downstairs and apparently push it out some end vents in attic. Anyway this thing had serious motor and was noisy and expect ate quite bit electric.



No doubt instead of cupola, could have vaulted ceiling and ridge vent setup that could be shut in winter. Or possibly an openable skylight.
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Old 10-07-2019, 07:46 AM
 
Location: VT; previously MD & NJ
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I know there has been some popularity of decorative cupolas. But I am curious if anybody has functional one and how well it does help cool house in summer? Just venting attic or venting whole house? Is it worth the bother?



I am moving to a house in warmer climate and dont particularly like air conditioning. Before air conditioning, high ceilings, properly oriented windows for prevailing breezes, and cupolas were way it was done. So thinking shade, fans, and maybe cupola be way to go? Course for poor people, they generally just slept outside on porch in hottest weather..... If you look at some older southern houses with an upstairs, then tended to have an upstairs balcony/porch, mostly for summer sleeping I think.

So how far south are you moving? Central air conditioning is not like having window units. I always found window units to make my sinuses get stuffed up. Central air doesn't do that.
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Old 10-07-2019, 07:52 AM
 
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I would think cupolas are only good if at the center of a square shape with no interfering baffles (like walls and ceiling) in the way. They work on barns rather than houses. Or maybe square center hall architecture.

If you don’t want air conditioning then choose a home oriented to catch breezes, have lots of ceiling fans, and look for shade over the west side of the house.
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Old 10-07-2019, 08:32 AM
 
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So how far south are you moving? Central air conditioning is not like having window units. I always found window units to make my sinuses get stuffed up. Central air doesn't do that.

Its a very old farmhouse in southern Arkansas. No furnace let alone central air. There are couple existing old window air conditioners.



For me air conditioning just has a cold clammy feeling. Hot and humid is more comfortable if there is some shade and a fan. Also big shock on my system everytime I go outside.
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Old 10-07-2019, 08:58 AM
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No answer for cupola but im from Coastal North Carolina and the humidity is disgusting. 98 degrees and 90% humidity makes you want to vomit. Maybe if you got a dehumidifier system if would help.
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Old 10-07-2019, 12:35 PM
 
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Our house was built in 1865 and has a cupola. As for a "functional" one, it depends on the what the function is.



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Old 10-07-2019, 12:50 PM
 
Location: VT; previously MD & NJ
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Its a very old farmhouse in southern Arkansas. No furnace let alone central air. There are couple existing old window air conditioners.



For me air conditioning just has a cold clammy feeling. Hot and humid is more comfortable if there is some shade and a fan. Also big shock on my system everytime I go outside.
You might want to check into mini split systems for both heating and cooling. Good for old houses that don't have ductwork. And remember, air conditioners don't have to be set to near freezing levels. They have thermostats you know.

I can't imagine living in S Arkansas without a/c. Good luck to you.
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