Tips on Avoiding Attic Ventilation Issues

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(Last Updated On: February 20, 2017)
Different exhaust attic vents
Many exhaust attic vents

There are different types of attic ventilation and selecting right type of attic vents for the right job and roofing contractors might expect efficient performance and energy savings from the attic ventilation system in your home. But, it’s even difficult for the roofing contractors sometimes because they get stuck with the attic ventilation issues. There are many benefits of installing right type of attic ventilation because it helps in reducing the cooling cost in summers and offers prevention towards the ice dams in winters. Proper attic ventilation helps in increasing the life of your roofing shingles and reduces the chances of accumulated mold and mildew. Even it helps in maintaining the moisture and accurate temperature. But, what about the traps? Here is the list of attic ventilation issues that should be considered by the home owners.

Attic ventilation traps:

  • Make sure that you’re checking the balance of temperature in your attic space. If your attic ventilation system is not an appropriate balanced combination of exhaust vents and intake vents, the effectiveness and efficiency of your attic ventilation system will not sound up accurate.
  • The balanced combination of exhaust vents and intake events helps the attic ventilation system a powerful punch that is beneficial for the home. In fact the geometrics states that the exhaust vent’s area should ideally match with the intake vent’s area in your attic. If you observe anything less than the balanced one, trust me it’s not at all optimal for the home owners.
  • And if you roofing contractor is going to balance your attic ventilation system, it’s advisable of taking more amount of intake vents as compared to the exhaust ones. Well, there are many attic ventilation traps, the home owners should consider.
  • Exhaust attic vents
    Exhaust attic vents installed

    The word attic simply strikes up in thinking the soaring temperature that only focuses on the heating buildup in your home. And, in fact we can say, it’s true, attic space is the hottest in summers, and if they still are kept such, it might lead in discomforting the interiors supplying to higher utilities too.

  • It doesn’t mean that you’ll ignore your attic space in winters. As the exterior temperatures drops, it results into the moisture present into your attic space. As the water vapor generated by the occupant of the home each of the day. But, with the help of a balanced attic ventilation system of proper exhaust vents and the intake vents, you can easily remove the accumulated moisture before it condenses and buildup.
  • This will offer better prevention over the potential cost of damaging the building materials in your home. Attic ventilations is system that helps in strategizing to fight with the heating buildup in the summer time and observe moisture buildups in the winters.
  • Surplus to that attic ventilations system is among the key element in the defence against the accumulated ice dams and ice and snowy weather. In a research, average generation of water vapor by a home is 1 to 2 gallon per day by cooking, breathing, laundry and showering. But with the help of installing an efficient attic ventilation system in your home, it easily helps in removing the accumulated water vapor.
  • Some of the home owners and the roofing contractors take intake vents as taken for granted. They think that installing them would help them with nothing. While on the other hand some of the roofing contractors think, installing the intake vents as an opportunity of performing something good for their customers and also as the selling benefits over the prevalent competition in the market.
  • But, if installing the exhaust vents without checking the balancing of the intake vents, is hence an incomplete job. If you observe your roofing contractors not availed with the facility of installing the intake vents, should be addressed to the home owners. Home owners should be ready by installing the intake vents because it will help in maintaining the inner most moisture and temperature of your attic space.
  • Intake vents for home
    Image of intake vents

    In fact, it’s advisable of hiring another professional who is expert in installing the intake vents. Even, if the contractor doesn’t wants to inspect the intake vents for making sure that any blockings or airflow is not interrupted, it’s advisable of hiring a professional who can easily hinder any issue or problem into your intake vents.

  • Thinking that two different types of exhaust vents are better than installing a single one? If planning of installing more than two exhaust vents at a time like wind turbines, roof mount power fans and ridge vents, on the same roof might actually lead in short circuiting your attic ventilation system installed.
  • And we all know, short circuiting leads in reducing the efficiency and effectiveness of the attic ventilation system installed. And might also lead in allowing the weather infiltration in your attic space. In a proper and well maintained attic ventilation system, the air flow works perfectly walking in through the intake vents and going out through the exhaust vents.
  • It helps in working best for eliminating warmer air from the attic to the exteriors of the home. But if two or three exhaust vents are installed in your attic, it might interrupt the air flow and might actually turn up in becoming the intake vent for the one with the exhaust. It might cause leaving larger sized chunks in the attic and spoiling up the air flow in the attic space.
  • One of the major culprit that is the cause of major winter condensation issues in your attic space. The cause of ice dams in your roof is because of air bypasses in your attic space. Any opening or gaps that allow condensation of air from the exteriors to the interiors of your home, leads in offering the damaging effects in your home. So, it’s advisable of sealing your attic space properly for avoiding the condensation of air into it.
  • It might also offer uneven melting of ice that allows roof dents. This eventually leads in damaging the roof by accumulating ice dams on the edges.
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