If you have taken a look at virtually any roof, you have probably noticed that most attics and roofs are vented. You may have seen a fan or ridge cap on the peak of the roof, and wondered to yourself, what is that?
We are here to tell you all about them. Plus the important part of roof maintenance that you may not know about, but can end up saving keeping your home a lot more comfortable.
What does Proper Attic Ventilation Do?
Proper attic ventilation helps protect your roof system from the inside out in virtually all climates and weather conditions. If your attic is properly ventilated it will allow air to flow in at the lowest point and escape at the highest point. Your ventilation system lets the air flow through your attic instead of letting it sit stagnant, while removing excess moisture and heat.
These systems help keep your entire home comfortable. There are so many benefits to having proper attic ventilation in your home.
Here are our top reasons that proper attic ventilation is important in your home:
- Energy Efficiency: Excess heat in your attic can cause your air conditioning system to be working way more than it needs to be causing you to have a giant electric bill. If you have proper attic ventilation installed, your home’s energy efficiency can be increased by allowing convection to do some work for your home instead of the air conditioner. Cool dry air pushes out the heat and moisture that builds up in your attic.
- Prevents Damage From Moisture: If the air is not properly flowing through your attic, then moisture can build up and cause problems within your home. Things like mold, rot and other possible damage can occur. It can even cause things such as warping of walls in your home.
- It Helps With the Lifespan of Your Roof: If your roof is becoming overheated due to the fact that it isn’t well ventilated, the lifespan of your roof shingles can suffer. We spoke earlier about the heat from the attic being transferred into your living space and your heat bill suffering but the heat can also be transferred upwards into your shingles and cause them to overheat as well.
How to Choose A Proper Ventilation System?
Most roofs are under ventilated. It is recommended to have 1 square foot of ventilation for every square feet of attic space. If you find that your home is in need of a proper ventilation system there is no need for you to have to worry about where each intake or fan needs to go.
At Kangaroo Contractors we will install a ventilation system custom to your home’s roof style and based on the climate here in McKinney. We install a system that will best enable airflow to your home. We want you comfortable in your home and your roof in the best shape possible. Give us a call today if your attic is in need of ventilation upgrades and we’ll hop to it.