Your Attic And Energy Costs
Attics are often overlooked as contributors to rising energy costs. Your attic also has a role in your home’s air quality. Proper ventilation in your attic is vital during both winter and summer. Issues like mold, mildew, and unnecessarily high utility costs can be prevented with proper attic ventilation. Since we’re in the hot days of summer, let’s talk about how this affects your home’s ventilation and a/c systems. The sun’s rays beat down on your roof all day, causing temperatures in your attic to rise sky-high. If you’ve ever ventured up there in the hot days of summer, you know how hot and stuffy it can be up there. Fortunately, a lot of this is off-set by proper insulation. This keeps a lot of that heat from making its way down into your living areas. But with prolonged hot and humid summer days, insulation alone isn’t enough to keep you comfortable. The attic’s ventilation system works hard to balance out the heat and humidity that is being absorbed through your roof. The vents in your attic help keep air moving. Intake and exhaust vents work in tandem to take in cooler air and expel the hot air.
By ensuring that your attic is properly ventilated, you are helping your HVAC system operate to its best abilities. Your system will not have to work as hard to keep temperatures down if your attic ventilation is doing its job. There are many options when it comes to attic ventilation. Some vents even have humidity and temperature sensors to automatically kick on when they are needed most. There are other kinds of vents that are more basic and function mostly to regulate air flow. Whole-home fans and attic ventilation fans are other options that will help you keep cooling costs down in the summer. However they can also have negative impacts on your utility costs if they are not set up correctly or if you do not have proper insulation in place. Having too many will cause large fluctuations in temperatures, too few will having your attic not properly expelling heat and humidity. There is a delicate balance when it comes to attic ventilation. Too many vents and fans will negatively impact your air circulation just as much if you don’t have enough. Let us help you get set up correctly so you can reap the benefits!