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How to Properly Ventilate Your Attic This Summer

For most of us, our attics are often the last part of our houses that we think of when it comes to repairs, but we need to think again. Not properly ventilating your attic space can raise your air conditioning bills in the summer, and risk damaging your eavestroughs in the winter.

Here is a quick guide on how to fix any ventilation issues your attic may have.

Planning Your Attic Ventilation

Before you get started on any attic work or roof repairs, you need to figure out how many square feet of ventilation you require.

Most building codes require homes to follow the 1/150 rule when it comes to ventilation systems. This means taking your attic’s total square footage and then dividing it by 150.

For example, if your attic is 30 feet long and 26 feet wide, you should have 5.2 square-feet of ventilation space throughout your attic.

Pairing Soffit Vents with Roof Vents

While many machines and fans exist to solve this ventilation issue, the most common solution that homeowners choose is to install roof vents and soffit vents in their attics.

Staying true to their name, roof vents are vents that are installed on your roof, either as a box among your shingles or running along the ridge of the home. Roof vents are an excellent way to funnel hot air out of your attic and prevent heat build-up that could damage your supports and shingles.

Soffit vents, on the other hand, are downward-facing vents that homeowners install horizontally along the bottom of the eaves. These vents are built to face the home and will cause any air rising along the side of the house to enter and refresh the attic.

By bringing fresh air into the attic through soffit vents and by forcing the stale air out through the roof vents, your attic will become a much cooler space in the summer and prevent any heat damage or mold from growing.

Keeping your home cool and electricity bills down can seem like a complex issue for homeowners, but having the right carpenters and roofers at your side can make it a breeze. Give our roofing experts a call today at 970-799-6759 or visit us online to find out how we can help keep your house safe and sound this summer.

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