Attic Ventilation Tips
If you aren’t into roofs and roofing systems it is not likely you have ever heard of the importance of the proper attic ventilation. However easy detail it seems, ventilation or the lack of it has a huge impact on your home in several ways. In this article first we will take a look at all the damage the lack of proper ventilation causes and also will enlist today’s best ventilation elements.
What ventilation does with your home:
- keeps the temperature on a good level
- makes sure of reduced difference between the attic’s and the outside air
- greatly reduces moisture
By this we see that the key to a good attic ventilation is to tame temperature and humidity levels. This may not seem like a big issue but let’s just take a look at the results of poor ventilation.
Key signs that your home has no proper ventillation:
Thanks to poor workmanship and lack of information, today the number of poorly ventillated homes greatly exceeds those with a proper ventilation, However once you learn how to take care of this, you will enjoy the following advantages:
- healthier atmosphere
- less money spent on heating and electricity
- no need for costly renovations due to moisty walls and ceilings
Let’s see the key signs of poor ventilation:
- Mold and Mildew on the walls:
Long-term wet and humid conditions in your attic will soon result in your home getting mold and mildew be formed on the walls, the ceilings and last but not least in your attic.
- Rusting: another friend of humid environment, rust is very easy to form when the air is continuously moist. Rust can affect all what is made out of metal and when affecting your plumbing system it doesn’t only will make you having to change your whole plumbing, it also carries a great health risk too.
- Roof Structure in danger: wood is also not resistant to humidity and this won’t only affect the overall state of furniture but also forecasts a much bigger danger: the sagging of your roof decking that will eventually result in deforming or even a collapse.
- Rising expenses for air conditioning: if the temperature is stacked in a non-ventilating attic this results in an overheated environment which will make the electronic heat stabilizers work all the harder trying to reach the optimal temperature.
The mostly suggested ventilation systems:
The best way to make your home’s ventillation up to par, is to include ridge vens on the top of the roof and intake or soffit vents at it’s bottom. This is cheap and needs no specific maintenance This resolution however is hard to apply in an already built roof. This is where further devices come in the picture including :
– power vents
– electric vents
– solar vents
Proper attic ventilation is a key element to a well maintained roofing and will serve your home well for a long time.