Whether you use your attic often or not, it’s essential to ensure it’s well cared for. This isn’t just about removing spiders from your attic (although that would be ideal). If your attic is well-ventilated, it maintains the health and safety of your entire home.
Why is attic ventilation important? How do you know if your attic is well ventilated?
What Happens if my Attic is Not Well Ventilated?
Moisture will make itself comfortable wherever it finds a place to settle. So, when moisture from water naturally finds its way up to your attic, and has no place to exit, it will stay put and start its condensation cycle.
Keeping the flow of air moving allows for ventilation.
When the flow of air stops, several issues can occur. Roof damage and increased energy costs are two major problems that can be traced back to a poorly ventilated attic.
Condensation in an enclosed environment can lead to the growth of mold and mildew. Over time this extra moisture in the attic makes its way into wood and shingles and, thanks to rot, starts wreaking havoc. Eventually, it can affect vital components of your roof.
At this point, it becomes a health concern to your household and may require expensive roof repairs.
Increased Energy Costs
If you’re feeling hot in the summer, you’ll be inclined to turn on your AC and lower the temperature indoors. Unfortunately, a poorly ventilated attic will trap the hot air in one place, forcing your AC to work harder.
Increased energy costs aren’t just a summer problem. The heat will follow the same pattern of settling in the attic and leave you with a breezy chill in the winter. Of course, this leads to turning up the heater, leaving you with a costly bill.
A well-ventilated attic will:
- Support and extend the life of your roof
- Reduce costs spent on energy
- Keep your home cold in the summer through a cross breeze
- Leave you with a warm and cozy home in the winter
Is my Attic Well Ventilated?
You probably won’t need to go on a treasure hunt to discover if your attic is adequately ventilated or not. The signs are easy to come by. For example, if you find blocked vents, rusty metal, or mold after peaking into your attic, it’s time to reassess your space.
Typical code requires one vent for every 150 square feet of attic space. Taking the time to check your attic and stick with the vent recommendations will undoubtedly save you from stress, damages, and pricey checks.
Home Safety Matters
Your family’s health and well-being are a priority. If you have concerns that moisture in your home has led to mold growth, our team of Virginia- based consultants can visit your home to investigate and collect samples to send to an independent lab for testing.
If the lab identifies toxic mold, we will work with you to provide recommendations on moving forward.