For many homeowners, the attic is merely an afterthought when it comes to routine maintenance. However, by having your attic’s ventilation and insulation inspected annually, it can save you from costly repairs and replacements.
Your attic, if properly ventilated, allows for outside air flow which is critical for overall attic health. In the summer, outside air flow assists in forcing extremely hot air out. Removing this hot and humid air will protect the life of your shingles and woodwork. If left, the moisture alone will wreak havoc on your attic, rotting away woodwork and generating the growth of mold and mildew. During the colder months, proper ventilation will draft cold air into the attic regulating the temperature and helping to prevent damaging ice dams from forming. Even during the winter, it is important to eliminate condensation and moisture from building up in your attic.
Allowing your attic to “breath” year round also has an impact on your HVAC systems. Trapped heat and moisture can add stress to your system, causing it to work harder to maintain the desired temperature. For example, during the summer you attic can reach temperatures of 110-140 degrees Fahrenheit. If trapped, this heat will radiate throughout the home causing air conditioners, refrigerators, and other appliances to work harder resulting in higher energy bills. Insulation along with attic fans and rafter vents are the most common means of protecting your attic. Consult with an expert for more information.