You wouldn’t think to add or update attic ventilation in your attic but it’s actually very important to keep things like mold out of your home. Having ventilation in your attic mainly helps keep your home durable and comfortable but without it, your HVAC system will work harder to maintain that level, eventually breaking it. Here are some things to know about attic ventilation.
Maintenance for Attic Ventilation
You should make sure you have enough ventilation for your attic to keep moisture at bay. Too many vents in your attic could actually cause a lot of problems that you don’t need. Ask your professional here at Unlimited Siding about how many vents you really need. The best way to keep good maintenance on the vents is through blasts of compressed air to blow away any dust, dirt or loose insulation that could be blocking the vent.
Doesn’t A Roof Vent Cause Heat Loss in the Winter?
Putting a vent in your roof doesn’t necessarily take away all the heat from your home but your attic should ideally be the same temperature as the outside air. This way you will prevent ice damming, which is caused by a ridge of ice that forms on your roof’s edge preventing your gutters from draining. Don’t block your vents in the winter time either. Vents are there to help maintain temperatures so closing the vents will make your attic too warm and dry.
Effects of an Ice Dam
If there’s moisture entering the home from an ice dam it could lead to the growth of mold and mildew inside your home. To prevent this from happening during the winter, immediately dry out portions of the house that are damp. Take measures to get rid of the water source and maintain the air quality, even getting rid of the ice dam would help. If that still isn’t enough, contact your professional contractor. They should be able to conduct how airtight your ceiling is and use infrared cameras to find places where there is excessive heat loss.
If you live in an environment that never snows or always has a warm temperature, you will still need to ventilate your home. Heat will stay in your roof and cause moisture to remain in your attic, so you need ventilation to let that hot air escape. Shingle color is something that makes a different in the heat as well. If you are unsure of whether or not your home needs ventilation, contact your professional contractor to review your home’s necessary needs.
Other options for roof ventilation
There are many different ways to ventilate your roof and prevent ice dams or other damages to your home. Soffits and Fascia protect the home from heat concerns and keep pests from gaining access into your home. You can also use a ridge vent. This type is a ventilation strip that is placed along the ridgeline of your home. Attics should be insulated to about eighteen inches of insulation material. Another good idea after installing your ventilation, is to install a thermometer in your attic. That way you can see your attic’s temperature and monitor it on a continuing basis. Once you know there is a height in temperature, you can resolve the issue and prevent further damage.