Often relegated to being a storage area, the attic is a neglected part of the home. And as a consequence, a lot of misconceptions about attic ventilation have sprung up over the years despite the role of air circulation in reducing moisture levels and preventing mold growth. The prevalence of these misconceptions has, in turn, led to the problem of abnormally high moisture levels in homes. In fact, the American Institute of Architects estimates 90% of homes in the country have this problem.
Harmony Home Improvement, one of the top residential roofing contractors in the state, debunks some of the common misconceptions about attic ventilation.
The More Insulation in Your Attic, the Better
A common concern among homeowners during the winter months is not having enough insulation. There is such a thing as too much insulation, however. Moisture is likely to accumulate in an insulated attic with no proper ventilation during the colder months, creating an environment that is conducive to mold growth.
Mold can then eat away wood and other organic materials in your roofing. And you might end up having to get a new residential roof replacement.
Roof Vents Decrease the Heating Efficiency of Your Home
There is also a misconception that warm air will leak out of the roofing vents during the colder months, decreasing the heating efficiency of your home. The truth is roof vents can help your furnace provide heat for your home and increase the heat gained from the sun, provided they’re the right kind and are installed properly.
Roof Vents Can Increase the Energy Efficiency of Your Home in Summer
A roof vent, by itself, isn’t the cure-all for your problems with energy efficiency and power costs, although it is part of the solution. If you want to increase your home’s energy efficiency, focus on aspects that have a more direct effect, like the color of the roof shingles, insulation, and your home’s exposure to sunlight.
Keep in mind that roofing vents that were installed improperly won’t help improve your home’s energy efficiency. That’s why you should hire qualified contractors, like Harmony Home Improvement, to install ventilation systems in your attic. We also install metal roofing systems. To get a free estimate, call (860) 645-8899 or fill out this form. We serve homeowners in New Haven, CT.