Attic Ventilation is Necessary Not Optional
This time of year in North Central Texas we do not think about attic ventilation much. The weather outside is generally very pleasant. In a few months, though, the weather will begin to heat up and we will be thinking about how to save on our electric bills. Well your electric bill is not the only thing that needs saved from the rough North Central Texas weather. Your roof is one of the key elements of your home and the one that takes the brunt of damage from our severe weather.
One of the most important things you can do for your roof and the environment of your house as well as your electric bill is to make sure your attic is properly ventilated and insulated. Your roof needs to be able to breath. You need adequate intake ventilation and adequate outtake ventilation. So you need an air cycle in your attic to keep the environment of your home safe and your roof from suffocating. This will inhibit mold growth and keep out moisture as well as “vent” the hot air out so that your roof does not literally bake.
There are two components that go into adequate ventilation in your attic. The first is intake of air which is usually done through the bottom of the roof at the eave/soffit. There are several options here, the easiest of which are soffit vents. However, you may not be able to put soffit vents in for intake of air due to the design of your roof. Therefore there are other options, such as eave vents that are installed either in the attic or when your roof is being installed.
The other component is outtake of air to form the air cycle in your attic. This is most easily and most effectively done by a ridge vent. Again this may not be possible for your roof design and therefore you may need to look at other options, such as whirly bird vents.
The main thing we are looking to do is create air flow in your attic as the air is drawn in from the bottom and out the top. This allows hot air to circulate during the hot months. It also allows cool air to circulate in the cold months and prevents ice dams, which we saw a few years back when we had the cobble ice here in Fort Worth.
So while it is still nice weather outside, why not have one of our master trained technicians do an attic assessment for you? They will assess the amount of ventilation needed for intake and for outtake and give you a recommendation on what your home needs to be cooler this summer.