So you have a bat in the attic problem. You just discovered the stealthy creature as you were putting storage in your attic when all of a sudden, it starts fluttering above your head, scaring you half to death! What are you going to do in order to get rid of the bat?
Well, one of the first things that you can do is add more lighting in your attic. Because bats are nocturnal, they are attracted to the darkness more than the light. So by taking away that darkness, you can take away the shelter, a.k.a. your attic.
Another thing you can do is add a one-way exclusion device. What this device allows you to do is allow bats to go back out the way they came into the attic, but it won’t allow them to come back into the attic.
One thing that you CANNOT do is trap bats. Because they are a protected species, you cannot entrap bats whatsoever. If you are unable to get bats out of your attic either the safe way or the light fixture way, then calling a professional would be your best bet. The pros know exactly what they are doing, and can remove these wild bats safely from your attic.
Keeping these things in mind will come in handy if you ever find yourself with an uninvited guest in your
Most homes have air conditioning to provide a comfortable temperature when its warm outside, but you may decide that a ceiling fan is an adequate solution to have proper air flow and a comfortable living environment. Before adding this attractive and helpful addition to a home, here are some tips for installation.
If you are installing a ceiling fan for your home, only use a residential one, which typically has 4 or more blades. Generally, a ceiling fan should be 8 or 9 feet from floor to ceiling, and no part of the fan should be less than 7 feet away from the floor. These measurements add various advantages. One advantage is that ensuring proper clearance avoids accidental contact with the fan. Also, when the fan has the right distance from the floor, the downward air movement is maximized and the air flow is right where you want it.
What if your ceiling is much higher than the average home? Simply drop the fan to the desired height, which can easily be done by an experienced installer.
These details may seem like a lot to remember but if are willing to take the time to install a ceiling fan correctly and safely, you can enjoy the benefits of this simple solution to an air flow problem.
Mike McFadden, Certified Master Home Inspector in Orlando, FL