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5 Things You Should Know About Attic Ventilation

5 Things You Should Know About Attic Ventilation

If you are a homeowner, you know all about storing things such as Christmas decorations and old family items in the attic. If you actually want those items staying safe in said attic space, you should know certain things about this upper room in your home. It is always important to ask questions and have your local professional take a look at your attic to assess the situation. An important aspect to being a homeowner with an attic is knowing all about ventilation. This blog will give you some important details about this space in your home that you might not have previously known.

Attic Ventilation and Heat

Everyone wants to save money, always looking for ways to cut costs on certain bills so life can be enjoyed in other ways. In homes that do not have the appropriate ventilation or insulation in the attic, heat will migrate downwards into your home. The sun will beat down on the roof of your house, thus heating up the attic space. The hot air that fills up this space will begin to travel into the rooms of your house. This will raise the temperature in your home to uncomfortable levels and make you want to crank up your air conditioning system, increasing your energy bill higher due to the overworking of your AC unit, making maintenance more likely to be required.

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Moisture and Damage

The hot air entering your attic space is full of moisture and condensation will start to build up. Condensation and excess heat working together can cause huge problems for you and your belongings. The mixture can start to cause damage to your roof over time, and bring some other nasty stuff such as mold and mildew. All of these problems that are due to not having proper ventilation will begin to cost you more and more money to alleviate.

Ventilations in the Winter Months

Some may think that venting your attic space during cold months may not matter, but it is just as important as having proper ventilation during the summer months. As noted earlier, the biggest problem with not having proper ventilation is all that moisture left behind from hot air. When you turn up your heating system, that hot, wet air will begin to rise into your attic space, thus colliding with the freezing cold air that is just sitting there. As the air collides, the moisture begins to condense, leading to the possibility of your roof deck and shingles buckling and popping. There is also the possibility of water seeping through the insulation onto the wood, causing rotting and mildew to occur. If you have the proper venting system in place, this can all be avoided because of the cool, dry air coming from the outside aiding the warm, moist air to escape the attic.

Location is Key

One of the most important aspects to deciding what type of venting system you need for your home relies solely on where you actually live. Different regions of the world need different venting systems for their attics due to varying weather conditions. This is one of the main reasons why it is difficult for a homeowner to try to decide if they need a ventilation system, and if they should install it themselves. It is always key to seek out information and help from a local professional when trying to decide about your options for venting your attic.

Remedies Are Available

The good news is that you have options. From solar to electrical-powered fans you can have natural or mechanical means to solve this issue. Just as you would prefer climate-controlled storage units, treat your attic and it’s contents with care so you won’t have to replace them. Every home is different and our technicians can discuss your choices.