Many residential and commercial roofers emphasize the importance of sufficient roof ventilation to protect your roof from moisture damage. But did you know that proper roof ventilation can also help reduce your monthly utility bills? In today’s post, Arrowhead Roofing, a leading residential and commercial roofing company, shares how proper attic ventilation can help you save money, particularly during the summer months.
How Proper Attic Ventilation Helps You Save Money
Keep in mind that warm air is lighter than cold air, which is why warm air will slowly find its way into your attic. However, if your attic doesn’t feature exhaust vents to release the warm air, then it will stay confined in your attic space. Remember that hot air can create a damp environment in which mold will thrive and grow. This will also require your HVAC unit to work twice as hard to cool down your home.
Leading roofing contractors will tell you that the hot, humid air will force your attic to consume more energy, causing your monthly energy bills to rise. To avoid being shocked by your end-of-month statements, it helps to ensure that your attic is ventilated and well-maintained. Make sure that your HVAC unit is maintained properly as well.
How Much Ventilation Do You Need?
Ideally, there should be enough square footage of net free area (NFA) where air can pass through for every 300 square feet of floor area, which applies to attics with vapor barriers. For attics without vapor barriers, there should be around one square foot of NFA for every 150 square feet of attic space. Don’t try to over-ventilate your attic, as this can cause roof leaks or water infiltration.
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