Roof Ventilation: The Key to a Long Lasting Roof
Roof ventilation is more important than the average homeowner realizes. Not only can it help you save money keeping your home cool during the dog days of summer, but it can also help extend the life of your roof.
Whether you live in a colder climate or in a warm location, the need for roof ventilation is great – for different reasons. In colder locations, or during the coldest months of winter, roof ventilation helps prevent ice dams, which are highly and immediately destructive to roofs, from forming by keeping attic temperatures colder to match outside air conditions.
In warmer climates, on the other hand, vents help draw heat out of attic spaces or the area just below the roofline of the home in order to prevent damage to the shingles. Vents also serve the double duty of drawing warm air out of the attic in order to reduce the heavy burden placed upon HVAC units and air conditioners inside the home.
Whether it’s cold or stifling hot in your location, proper ventilation, particularly attic vents, can help add years to the life of your roof.
What are Attic Fans?
Attic fans are fans designed for the sole purpose of providing ventilation. They are located in the attic of the home and mounted on either roofs or gables. They work by expelling hot air out of the attic in order to regulate the temperature inside the attic. They are generally set by thermostat in order to turn off and on as needed. Attic fans may be wired into the homes electric supply or you may opt for solar-powered attic fans provided your roof gets enough direct sunlight throughout the day.
Why are Attic Fans Important for Homeowners Today?
Today’s homes are highly energy efficient. They’re designed to keep warm and cold air from escaping. Unfortunately, the attic space is one area where trapped warm air can do more harm than most homeowners realize. Adequate ventilation backed by attic fans helps maintain a temperature in the attic that is suitable year round to avoid potential temperature related problems.
It’s important to note that attic fans do a little more than regulate the temperature in the attic. In summer months, attic fans help to reduce the burden on HVAC units to keep the house cool as they are drawing effectively exhausting hot air from within the home. It’s easier to maintain cooler temperatures that way. They also work to draw moisture and humidity out of the attic too. This is important because it helps prevent destructive things like mold and mildew from forming.
The bottom line is that today’s homes need attic fans in order to prolong the lives of their roofs, save on utility bills, and preserve the structural integrity of their attics and their homes.
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