After a long and dreary winter, you should start opening up your attic. Although the attic has a bad reputation for being a dark and dank crawl space, this isn’t always the case. Here are four myths about attic ventilation you just shouldn’t believe.
More Attic Ventilation is Better Than Not Enough
What’s the first myth about attic ventilation you shouldn’t believe? It’s the thought of “more attic ventilation is better than not enough.” If you don’t have enough ventilation, you’ll encounter more problems with water infiltration and moisture damage during the winter. Also, during the summertime, your energy bills will suffer accordingly. Vents can also be the source of leaks that you might not notice. In any case, it’s best if you talked to a certified roofing professional such as the experts at Topper Construction if you have any further questions about your current attic ventilation.
Vents Are Only for Warm Places
Throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, we tend to see swelteringly warm spring and summer seasons and equally cool autumns and winters. So another common myth is that vents and attic ventilation are only good for places that are warm year-round, like California, Texas, or Florida. This misconception just isn’t true. The color of your roof shingles, how much sun damage there is, and how much insulation you have also make a noticeable difference.
Attic Ventilation Releases Warm Air
Likewise, another commonly seen myth is that attic ventilation releases warm air, especially in the winter time. But if you think the efficiency of your heater is suddenly less effective, that could be due to other, unexpected factors. Instead, compare your home’s internal temperature with the temperature outside. It’s best if you do this around the time the sun goes down. A flashlight should help you inspect the insulation in your attic to check for any signs of rot due to moisture damage from excess condensation.
Vents Equal Ventilation
Another mistaken belief is that vents on your roof automatically mean that you have adequate attic ventilation. You could have ridge vents, gable vents, or soffits. Ridge vents are considered by roofing experts to be the best kind since they are both the most affordable and the most efficient. However, without baffles, they aren’t quite the same and will struggle to allow any ventilation. Even so, to ensure the best possible ventilation solution, you could always try combining ridge vents with soffits.
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