Based on studies, around 90% of homes in the United States have unusually high humidity levels. One of the reasons for this is improper roof ventilation. You will know when you have poor attic ventilation when you do not get the right temperature at home during summer or winter.
Let us learn more about roof ventilation and its importance to your home.
How Roof Ventilation Works
Every home has a unique roof ventilation system. Several factors such as the climate, roof design, code requirements and the building’s overall design affect your roof’s ventilation. Based on these factors, you have two available options for ventilating your space which you should consult with your contractor.
- Intake Vents
Intake vents come in 3 main types which are rafter, under-eave and gable vents. An intake vent forces warm air to exit and makes way for cool air towards the attic space. For best results, make sure to get the right position if you opt to install any of them on your roof.
- Exhaust Vents
In contrast to intake vents, exhaust vents are the exit point of the air mounted on the exterior of the roof. They come in different forms such as ridge vents, gable louvers, roof louvers, power attic ventilators and wind turbines.
Top Benefits of Proper Roof Ventilation
- Extends Your Roof’s Lifespan
Extreme weather can affect your roof in ways we cannot see. When it’s too hot, the temperature on the roof is doubled thus, making the house warmer than it should. Poorly ventilated roofs with insufficient exhaust vents allow heat to build up causing damage to the shingles both on the interior and exterior. But with a properly vented roof, warm air can escape freely keeping the roof and your space cooler.
- Lessens Your Energy Bill
How does roof ventilation lessen your energy costs? With a well-vented roof, your air conditioner does not have to bear the workload in keeping your place cool and comfortable. When the roof has properly installed intake and exhaust vents, warm air can exit easily, and cool air can enter your home with ease. The logic is that an A/C unit that runs less uses lesser energy which results in lower energy bill.
- Controls Extreme Indoor Temperature
Try going to the attic and see if it has the same temperature as the living room or the other rooms in the house. If the attic is thrice or even ten times warmer than the other spaces at home, a poorly vented roof might be at fault. The extreme indoor temperature during summer and winter is a result of inadequately vented roof. Get the help of the experts to help you manage your indoor temperature with proper roof ventilation.
Need help with your ventilation concerns? Consult our experts at North Texas Heating & Air Conditioning today. We are more than glad to serve you.