Have you got checking your attic ventilation on your fall to-do list? You should, and here's why. For moisture and temperature levels in the attic space to be balanced, you need an optimized ventilation system. Accurate ventilation:
- Helps avoid buildup of moisture in winter, which may lead to wood rot, mildew, mold, and air quality indoors being poor. It help is avoiding ice dam formations as well.
- Helps avoid buildup of heat in summer, enhancing your home's inside comfort level, while reducing costs of air conditioning, and prolonging the life of your roofing material.
- It is an essential component when validating most shingle warranty terms.
- First, you want to check for signs of dampness in your attic. Ceilings having condensation, soggy insulation, moldy odors, or vents with rust around them are often signs of inadequate ventilation.
- Next, clear debris and dirt away from all vents in the attic. Be sure there are no vents blocked with item stored in your attic such as boxes. You will want to also look for any signs of rodents or bird nests.
- Check to be sure all vents in your attic are open, no matter what season. An attic that is ventilated accurately needs to be somewhat drafty throughout the winter months, even though it may sound counter-intuitive.
- Any and all attic fans need to be checked to verify that their blades are able to freely turn. When doing this use caution; most fan blades tend to be sharp.