Question: I have a very high ceiling in my living room that tends to hold an excessive amount of heat. I have installed a paddle fan, but it just seems to push the heat down into the room and puts a great deal of strain on my air conditioner. What can I do?
Answer: You might consider an operating skylight or a remote-control vent window to provide an outlet for this heat. An open-air skylight would allow the heat to escape through your ceiling.
Several manufacturers have advertised skylights that can be opened electronically. Anderson Window Products of Bayport, Minn. has such a unit. I would strongly recommend that you have the installation performed by a qualified person to avoid the risk of roof leaks.
Q: Can you tell us what are the leading remodeling and home improvement areas in the United States?
A: According to Remodeling Magazine, the largest remodeling volume in 1985 was done in Los Angeles, with a total volume of $611 million, followed by Washington, D.C., with $217 million.