Feeling stuffy and uncomfortable since turning the furnace back on this winter? Your home may not be getting the ventilation it needs. Think back to science class when you first learned that heat rises since gases, like air, expand as they warm up. If there’s no way for that air to escape, then it becomes trapped in a place like the attic. Why is that an issue? Continue reading to learn more about the significance of roof ventilation.
Roof Ventilation Explained
Proper ventilation in your home allows for the replacement of old, dry air with new, fresh air. This process reduces humidity and moisture in the home as well, playing a crucial role in keeping you comfortable. It only works with the help of functioning vents found in the attic or on the roof. Air that cannot escape will simply recirculate internally or even condense, forming mold.
Other Consequences of Improper Ventilation
During the winter months, trapped air can warm up your roof just enough to melt any snow that may be there. Unfortunately, the water from the snow will just turn to ice. Enough of this melting and refreezing will eventually lead to an ice dam. These can destroy shingles and gutters, opening the home up to potential leakage.
In the summer, ventilation has a different purpose – expelling hot air to decrease the home’s temperature. Your air conditioning unit works hard during that time, using cool air to push the hot air upwards. The longer it remains stuck inside, the more you’ll be paying in utility bills. Luckily, roof and attic vents can be installed by professionals at any time of the year.
Types of Vents
There are a four ventilation options available that may be right for your home, including:
- Ridge Vents – Installed along the peak of the roof, these allow for the release of hot air at the hottest point: the ridgeline.
- Turbine Vents – Placed on the top of your roof, these harness the power of wind to suck out hot, humid, and stale air from your attic.
- Power Vents – Connected to a thermostat, these use motors and blades to remove hot air from the attic whenever cooling is required.
- Static Vents – Having no moving parts, these utilize the process of convection when hot, humid air collects.
Trust in Ferguson Roofing
Ferguson Roofing offers all of the vents listed above and has trained professionals who can make the perfect recommendation for your home.While we’re there, we can also check your attic insulation and soffit intake. These go hand-in-hand with your home’s ventilation. Contact us today to schedule your free home visit and see first-hand the superior service you can expect now and for years to come.