If you’ve never considered your home’s attic ventilation, now’s the time to give it the attention it needs. Proper attic ventilation ensures more than just a healthy, durable attic; it also helps to keep energy costs low and your home more comfortable.
Ventilating the attic ensures that during the summer season extremely high temperatures in the attic do not cause problems like rotted wood, mold growth, peeling paint, corrosion, damage to the roof and energy loss. When moisture builds up in the space, pests such as termites are drawn to the moist and rotted wood.
During winter, ventilation in the attic is absolutely critical for keeping moisture levels low, deterring moisture created from activities conducted in the living areas from gathering in the attic. A ventilation system in the attic also helps to prevent ice dams by ushering cold air into the space, replacing the existing warmer air. As a result, the temperature in the attic remains cool and more closely aligned with the outdoor temperatures, preventing a warm attic from melting snow and ice that rests on top of the roof.
It’s best to have a professional assess your home and recommend an attic ventilation system that will best suit its needs. One effective option many homeowners in Fayetteville choose consists of vents positioned high on the roof, with some positioned low on the roof, to prevent dead air in the space and promote proper air circulation. Most often, the system consists of roof or ridge vents located at the peak of the roof and soffit or eave vents located directly at the roof’s edge.
Sizing the ventilation system is also important, and your contractor should follow standard guidelines, which generally involve using one square foot of ventilation for every 300 square feet of ceiling space if there’s a vapor barrier installed on the ceiling. Otherwise, ventilation needs tend to be greater.
The experts at Blanton’s Heating & A/Care happy to help local homeowners with attic ventilation needs. Give us a call today, or visit our website for more information. We proudly serve homeowners in the greater Fayetteville area.