Does My Home Need More Attic Ventilation?

Roofing experts claim the majority of U.S. homes do not have proper attic (or roof) ventilation. That can lead to severe roof damage plus big spikes in your energy bills.

Without proper ventilation, attic temperatures can climb to 140 degrees and higher during the summer months. What does it feel like? Just like the inside of your car when it’s been sitting in the sun with all the windows up on a hot, humid day. And yet, the excessive heat in your attic isn’t just about being uncomfortable. It can scorch roof shingles and material, leading to premature replacement. Poor ventilation also can contribute to condensation, mold and mildew in the attic.

In the winter, allowing cool air into the attic through intake vents will help prevent ice dam formation, according to Energy Star. Ice dams are made up of snow that melts and freezes again on a home’s gutters. The main cause of ice damming is an overly warm attic.

Then there’s the impact of attic insulation on ventilation and your energy costs. The fact is, poor ventilation can ruin your insulation. When that happens, it can no longer effectively help keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer, and that’s precisely what sends energy costs spiraling upward.

So, for the sake of your home and family, perhaps it’s time for a quick trip to your attic to see just how hot it is. If it’s scorching hot in the summer or nice and cozy in the winter, it’s too hot. And that means it’s time to contact a roofing contractor to improve your ventilation, insulation, or both.

To help keep your heating and cooling systems in top working order, Optimum Air is the only call you need to make. Contact us for whatever the service or installation need might be.