Just like your living space below, a proper ventilation system in the roof and attic space is essential to creating a healthier home. The attic actually plays a much bigger role in the home than just serving as extra storage space, and ensuring proper ventilation up in the attic is much more important than you may think.
Attic ventilation is the home’s unsung hero when it comes to helping regulate temperature and moisture levels, all the while keeping your family warm in the winter and cool in the summer to reduce heating/cooling costs. Let’s talk about the basics of attic ventilation and how it quietly protects our home.
Attic Ventilation Basics
First of all, your attic should be thought of as completely separate from the rest of your living space when it comes to air regulation. The ceiling, or your attic floor, is where insulation for your living space is concentrated. The temperature up in the attic isn’t regulated in the same way as the rest of your home, which means that your attic shouldn’t be as air-tight, it should be allowed adequate air circulation.
At its core, attic ventilation is simply the gentle movement of air inside the roof or attic space, where cool air is invited in and circulates, and then the stale, warm air is drawn out or expelled through higher ventilation.
How Does Attic Ventilation Protect My Home?
1. It helps control moisture levels.
During the colder months, the heat produced within our homes becomes trapped in the attic without ventilation and condenses on the cold surfaces to create a humid and damp environment. Additionally, everyday activities such as showering, doing the laundry, and cooking create moisture that eventually leaks into the attic as water vapor if not properly ventilated at ground level. Excess moisture can cause premature damage to the surrounding roof and attic structures.
2. It protects your home’s structural integrity.
Ensuring that your attic is dry and cool helps extend the longevity of your roof and the structures that support it within the attic. An attic sweltering in a hot, damp, and humid environment suffers from many tell-tale signs, such as cracked or curled shingles, mould growth, and prematurely damaged timbers.
3. It helps regulate temperatures and insulation.
Home ventilation systems help regulate the overall temperature levels within the home – and this includes attic ventilation as well. If the attic is too hot, this trapped heat pushes back down into the living space, creating warm humid environments that makes it particularly difficult to sleep during night time. If the attic is too humid, the damp air becomes trapped in the insulation and it becomes a lot less effective. Attic ventilation and proper air flow helps regulate these temperatures, lowering both your heating and cooling costs.
Ensuring Adequate Attic Ventilation
Sometimes attics need a little bit of help with moving moist, warm air out. Here at Hometech we have a variety of ventilation systems to help your attic, and your home, breathe. Our solar-powered Solar Star Roof Fan, in particular, is specifically designed to extract hot, moist air from the attic, and is a great choice for ensuring adequate attic ventilation.
Contact us today at 0800 466 383 and we can talk about the best attic ventilation solution for your home!