Home ventilation probably isn’t your favorite subject to read about. Yet, often overlooked, ventilation is a major factor that affects energy efficiency, roof efficiency, and the structural integrity of your home. Keep reading to learn the facts how, from top to bottom, your home can benefit with daily ventilation and how a good ventilation contractor can help.
Protect Your Roof
When you think of ventilation, you may conjure up thoughts of opening windows to let fresh air into your home. But your roofing system needs good ventilation through the attic to minimize temperature differences between your attic and the temperature outside. Good attic ventilation benefits your roofing system in the following ways:
- It helps prevent shingles from curling.
- It removes moisture that may damage decking and felt.
- Ventilation helps prevent ice dams.
Protect Home Structure and Living Spaces
Ventilation further protects your home investment by helping to maintain the integrity of structure, interior systems and your belongings. For example, pockets of moisture or high humidity throughout your attic have repercussions in the form of mold and mildew development on timber and insulation.
When ice dams form on your roof, water may be forced into your roofing and home structure with the real possibility of developing water leaks. By the time you detect a water leak, there could be significant damage already done.
Improve Indoor Air Quality
The fourth fact about the benefits of home ventilation is that it is necessary to ventilate your living spaces to maintain healthful indoor air quality. Without good ventilation, your living spaces trap germs, allergens, VOCs, “dust” (and all of its nasty ingredients) and more.
How to Ventilate
The Federal Housing Administration suggests minimum attic ventilation (intake and exhaust) of one square foot for every 300 square feet of attic floor space. Ask your roofing contractor to inspect your attic to make sure you have enough ventilation, or to learn how you can improve it, such as using mechanical or solar ventilation.
A balanced ventilation system works well to control airflow into and out of your living spaces. The most efficient balanced ventilator is a heat-recovery system. This type uses a heat-exchange core to efficiently transfer heat energy between intake and exhaust air streams.
If you’re concerned about the integrity of your roofing system, home structure and indoor air quality, contact a qualified roofing and ventilation contractor in the Tulsa area today. Contact Perfection Roofing to learn more!