Your attic ventilation plays an important role in maintaining the indoor air quality. However, there are many myths around attic ventilation due to which people overlook the benefits of attic ventilation. Understanding the benefits of attic ventilation will help you keep your home and roof in good condition.
Here are some myths and facts about attic ventilation that you should know:
Myth: Attic Vents Release Warm Air from Your Home in the Winter
Fact: Many people believe that as warm air rises and tries to escape through attic space, ventilating your attic will help in releasing warm air during the winter and reducing heating efficiency. However, this is not true because if heat is escaping, it means you require better attic insulation and not less ventilation.
Myth: Attic Vents Are Only for Warmer Climates
Fact: People believe that roof ventilation increases energy efficiency during warmer climates but there are also other factors such as shingle color, insulation and sun exposure that affect energy efficiency. Attic vents are actually more useful in colder climates. It prevents moisture damage that applies more to colder climates.
Myth: More Attic Ventilation Is Required
Fact: You need the right amount of ventilation for your home. Less ventilation can cause moisture problems in winter and decrease energy efficiency in the summer but more ventilation can be bad too. Talk to an experienced roof contractor to know how much ventilation your home requires.
Myth: Every Attic Needs One Best Ventilation Method
Fact: Many researches have ascertained the ventilation method for every attic. However, this doesn’t work in practice. There’s no rule to determine the optimal ventilation design for any attic. Every attic has different needs, so only an experienced roofing professional can help you select the best ventilation method after assessing your attic’s needs.
Myth: The Existing Ventilation Method is Enough
Fact: Many people assume that while building their homes, the professionals choose the best ventilation method. However, it’s possible that they might have installed just the bare minimum ventilation required. So it’s important to get this checked by a trusted and experienced roofing contractor.
Avoiding these common myths will help you get the optimal ventilation for your attic!