During the summer, you hear a lot about attic ventilation and how it can help you keep home cooling costs under control. We know that giving heat a place to escape as it rises through your house can reduce your cooling load. However, very few homeowners are aware of the benefits proper attic ventilation can have on your home during the fall and winter.
Like excess heat, moisture can also find its way into your attic – especially if you do not use moisture barriers. Once trapped in your attic, this moisture will condense, promoting the growth of mold, mildew and rot in your attic insulation and building materials – as well as any items that may be stored in your attic. Not only is this bad for the structure of your home, but it can affect the quality of your indoor air if these unwanted contaminants are pulled into household circulation.
Although it may not be much of a concern for those of us here in Texas, effective attic ventilation keeps temperatures in the attic closer to temperatures outdoors, which results in a cooler roof. This helps snow and ice melt evenly so it does not collect into ice dams, which can cause shingle buckling and gutter damage.
The best way to determine whether or not your attic is properly ventilated is to examine the conditions. Is your attic unbearably hot during the summer or damp during the winter? While it’s natural for solar radiation to cause your attic to be slightly warmer than the rest of your house, excess heat can collect due to improper ventilation. The same holds true for moisture in colder months.
If you have any questions or concerns related to attic ventilation, or for other home comfort related issues, contact AirRite Air Conditioning. We’ve been serving the greater Fort Worth/Arlington area for more than 57 years.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Fort Worth and Arlington, Texas area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about attic ventilation and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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