As winter draws near, one of the things you need to be keen about is ensuring your entire home is in proper working condition. This includes your air conditioning system. One of the areas that often goes unnoticed is the attic. The attic is very important as it helps to maintain proper temperatures in the home, which in turn prevents roof damage. This is usually quite confusing for most people, especially when they hear that the attic needs a constant stream of fresh air blowing through it. The following post explains this “paradox” and how it works: All You Need to Know About Attic Ventilation At first glance, it can seem counter-intuitive: You insulate your home to reduce temperature fluctuations and save on utility bills, but then you allow fresh air to flow through the attic no matter the time of year. The science behind attic ventilation, however, is sound. Sealed attics trap excessive heat and moisture, which can lead to reduced shingle life… Read more at Bob Vila… The effects of a poorly ventilated attic, as the post above explains, are destructive both in summer and in winter. This happens because the attic is directly connected to the roof and so its temperatures will affect the roof by both causing thawing and freezing in winter as well as damage to your roof tiling in summer. Beyond damage to your roof, there are further implications of attic ventilation. The following post outlines some of the advantages of ensuring your attic ventilation is proper: Advantages of a Properly Ventilated and Insulated Attic Regardless of the climate in your region, ventilation is an important aspect of your home. This, combined with proper insulation, can help regulate your interior temperature so that your home remains comfortable all year long. Attics are vulnerable to issues caused by constantly shifting climates, especially in an area like West Michigan. Since attics are located at the top-most level of the house, there are significant amounts of heat and cold here to lose or absorb there. Read more at WMGB.com… Good attic ventilation will spare you the headache of a damaged roof especially as winter approaches, as the post describes. You will also save on utility bills when your attic’s ventilation is in good working condition. While thinking of proper ventilation is something you ought to do, there are some solutions that may not give you the results you desire. One of them is discussed in the post below: Can You Ventilate a Home with Attic Air? I’ve seen some crazy things done to homes. It’s usually someone’s attempt to make things better. Sometimes that someone is a homeowner or other occupant. Sometimes it’s a contractor. But it always seems to be a solution to a problem that creates other problems. It’s just like they say: Our biggest problem is solutions. So what’s the problem with this method of ventilating a home? One of the home energy raters we work with in the Atlanta area, Bruce Kitchell, sent […]
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