How to Make Sure Your Attic is Properly Ventilated
If you own a home in Kansas City, you know how important it is to keep your home’s HVAC system maintained and working efficiently. However, even if your HVAC system is working great, if your roof and attic are not properly ventilated, all your cooled or heated air may be escaping. This not only makes you uncomfortable, but can cost you quite a bit in regard to higher heating and cooling costs.
The Importance of Ventilating Your Home’s Roofing System
Believe it or not, quite a few home and roofing efficiency issues are caused by inadequate attic ventilation. Poor airflow contributes to higher energy costs during the summer with hot attic air moves into the living spaces. Additionally, attics that are overly hot can result in damage and splitting to the timber in the roof, as well as other materials.
During the colder months of the year, proper airflow in the attic is required to stabilize the temperature in the attic with the temperature outside. If the temperature in the attic is over the freezing mark (and the outside temperatures are under the freezing mark) the snow on your roof may melt and then re-freeze at the eaves. This can cause ice dams, which may cause serious damage to your gutters and roof.
Roof Ventilation Features to Protect Your Home
While making sure there is plenty of airflow in the attic, a quality roofing contractor will also understand that the attic needs to be insulated and sealed properly to separate the attic air from the conditioned spaces. Sealing any air leaks by using spray-in foam, weather stripping and caulk can prevent the air from moving. Using R-60 insulation, which is suggested by the Energy Star program, will help to block heat transfer between your living spaces and attic, as well.
Additional attic ventilating features that can ensure there is proper airflow in your attic include:
- Ridge vents: These provide airflow beneath the roof deck, preventing moisture buildup and overheating.
- Roof vents: Allow moist and hot air to leave, preventing damage and premature aging of the roofing system.
- Intake vents: Provide natural air movement in the attic and should always be free of obstructions, such as nests, leaves and insulation.
- Mechanical fans: Talk to your roofing contractor to find out if your attic requires mechanical ventilating fans for proper ventilation, as well as natural airflow. You can opt for solar powered fans to help reduce overall energy costs.
If you want to reap all the benefits offered by proper attic ventilation, it is a good idea to contact a professional Kansas City roofing contractor. They can provide an inspection and provide you with information regarding what you need to do to enhance your attic space and roof.