Attic ventilation is an important consideration for every Dallas-Fort Worth homeowner. With our area’s high heat and humidity, insufficient airflow in the attic can quickly lead to a number of problems, including high energy bills and structural damage. If you’re not quite convinced a ventilation upgrade is worth the investment, consider what proper ventilation can do for you.
Improve summertime energy efficiency – In summer, the inside of an unventilated attic can reach 145 degrees. That heat radiates into your living space and forces your air conditioner to work harder to keep you cool. An efficient attic ventilation system can lower your attic’s temperature by as much as 50 degrees and potentially reduce your cooling bills by 25 percent. Even better, your air conditioner may last longer because it will be under less strain.
Improve wintertime energy efficiency — When wintertime humidity builds up in the attic, the moisture can condense into water that soaks and compacts your insulation. Wet, flattened insulation allows heat loss and increases the load on your heating system. With good attic ventilation in place, your insulation remains dry and effective.
Protect your attic and roof structure — High temperatures and humidity can cause your shingles to buckle and wood to rot. Ventilation both lowers the temperature and removes excess humidity, reducing the risk of damage. In winter, sufficient attic ventilation allows snow and ice to melt evenly, preventing ice dams that can cause leaks and damage your roof and gutters.
Save your insulation — Over time, moisture buildup degrades your insulation and permanently reduces its effectiveness. Damp insulation also promotes mold growth, and can cause paint to peel and your ceiling to deteriorate. Good ventilation removes excess moisture before it has time to do lasting damage.
For many homes in the DFW area, a continuous ridge-and-soffit ventilation system is an effective option. Other homes may benefit from additional powered fan ventilation.
If you’d like professional guidance on improving the ventilation in your attic, contact us at AirRite Air Conditioning Company. We’ve been installing effective ventilation, heating, and cooling equipment in Dallas-Fort Worth area homes since 1955.
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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