Attics get very little attention from homeowners. It’s a great spot to store clothes the kids have outgrown, unused wedding presents and old luggage. But family members seldom know what an essential role it plays in the comfort and health of the house.
A properly ventilated attic lets in fresh air and keeps the air quality healthier. It lets in cool air and allows air that is warmer and moist to get out. It stops the growth of rot and mildew, prevents ice dams, adds years to the lifespan of your shingles and cuts your energy bills.
Here are 6 ways to improve the attic ventilation in your home.
#1. Install Soffit Vents
Soffit vents are placed in the eaves of your roofline. If you live in a cold climate, this keeps the roof cold so snow doesn’t melt, refreeze, and form an ice dam. It also lowers the level of moisture in your attic, the cause of mold and rot.
#2. Add roof vents
If your home has a hip roof or pyramid-shaped roof, it has shorter ridgelines. You can improve ventilation by inserting rectangular roof vents.
#3. Insert ridge vents
Ridge vents that blend in with the roof can help circulate air and increase ventilation along your home’s roof ridge.
#4. Get custom roof vents
Some homes have rooflines with unconventional shapes. That means getting custom roof vents, including circular flash filters and starter vents.
#5. Add rafter vents
Place vents where the ceiling connects with the floor at the rafters. It is a smart idea to put insulation around them.
#6. Buy an attic fan
An attic fan can reduce the temperature in your attic by pulling in cooler air from outside. At the same time, it helps to drive out warmer air. To work properly, your soffit vents must be clear to allow air to circulate freely and your house should be well insulated.
Contact Bruce Tall Construction today for all of your roofing needs.