Summer Heat and Your Attic
Man is it hot out there! I don’t know about the rest of you, but Indiana had a day straight out of Dante’s Inferno. 90 degrees. Ugh! In heat like this, you gotta be sure to check your attic and ventilation systems, otherwise you could be paying big time.
For an everyday Average Joe, the attic is simply the place to store boxes, luggage, old pictures, and occasionally all the ties from his kids he hopes to hide. But the modern day energy discussions, Attic Fans have become quite a hot topic. While there are a few antagonistic voices in the crowd, most researchers hold that a well-ventilated attic maintains more comfortable temperatures in both the winter cold and summer heat.
Specifically in summer, the sun’s constant beating down on the roof leads to extremely high attic temperatures, sometimes up to 150F! However, if the attic is ventilated correctly, hot air will escape through high vents creating a vacuum that sucks cool air in through the low vents. This constant circulation eliminates dead space that usually causes abnormally high attic temperatures.
If your attic is not properly ventilated it can cause mold and mildew buildup from all the moist, stagnant air unable to escape. Thus, while installing vents to circulate air is a rather inexpensive process, repairing or replacing damaged and rotten roofing and sub-roofing is not. Not to mention, rotten wood in a moist atmosphere is a prime environment for pests like carpenter ants and termites. That is why you should call a local roofer to inspect your attic for a properly installed ventilation system before much bigger problems arise.
Don’t let an easily fixed and low-cost repair turn into a massive and costly restoration.