Attic Ventilation: Energy Efficiency Starts Overhead
When looking for ways to increase energy efficiency in the home attics are often overlooked. Attics are actually an integral part of your home’s overall energy profile, creating greater comfort and savings while delivering fresh air throughout your home.
The Importance of Attic Ventilation
Proper attic ventilation prevents ice from forming on the walls and ceiling of your attic during winter. Water vapor escaping from your home can become trapped in your attic where it condenses against the structure of your roof. Ventilation ports work the same way in summer allowing excess moisture to escape from your home to lower indoor humidity.
If moisture collects and is left unchecked humidity in the lower levels of your home will rise, reducing comfort, while simultaneously creating an environment suitable for mold to grow, which can be hazardous to your health. Taking the time to thoroughly air seal the indoor areas of your home will stop moisture and water vapor from entering you attic, reducing the likelihood of ice buildups in winter and humidity issues in summer. Attic ventilation is also important to reduce or prevent damage to your roof and shingling, extending the life of materials and reducing the need for frequent replacement.
Ventilation Options for Your Home
Attic fans help to cool hot attics by pulling cool air inside while pushing hot air outside. If attic vents, also known as soffit and gable vents, become blocked or aren’t properly sealed off from the rest of your home attic fans will work against you by sucking up conditioned air from your house expelling it through the attic, increasing energy costs and forcing your air conditioner to work harder to compensate.
Ensure vents and fans are in proper Rafter vents are another way to ensure your attic has adequate ventilation. Installed between roof rafters, these vents run out to the eaves of your home, working similarly to traditional attic vents by allowing air and moisture to flow freely in and out of your attic space without collecting.
Contact Sobieski Services for professional assistance with attic ventilation in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey.
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