Proper attic ventilation during Modesto and the Central Valley’s hot summer months is important to protect your roof from a variety of moisture and structural issues. This will spare you the frustration of having to call a roofing contractor to repair any damage caused by poor ventilation practices, which could cost you hundreds, if not thousands of dollars. So what does maintaining proper attic ventilation look like?
When your attic is correctly ventilated, the cool, dry air wafts in from outside and allows any warm, moist air that is trapped inside it to escape. This prevents excess moisture from building up that can cause wood rot.
This also eliminates hot and cold air spots from occurring in your attic, which in turn prevents excess moisture from becoming a breeding ground for mold and mildew. Did we mention that pests also love to build nests in warm, damp places? Allowing cool, dry airflow throughout your attic deters rodents and insects from choosing to build new homes inside of `yours.
Finally, staying cozy can be a challenge if your attic is not getting the proper air flow during the summer. Neglecting this important step means that temperatures inside your home will be much harder to control and you will likely experience inexplicable hot spots inside your home. A properly sized “powered” attic ventilator adds the equivalent of 1/2 ton of cooling capacity to a properly operating air conditioning system. Your HVAC system will thank you for making it easier to keep your place nice and cool by ensuring the proper airflow in your attic.
So to recap, make sure that your attic is receiving adequate ventilation in order to keep out moisture, prevent mold and mildew, protect the structural integrity of your roof, and deter pests. You will save yourself time and frustration for heeding this important summer-time maintenance tip.
Contact Mehl Mechanical if you would like us to review your air conditioning needs. We service Modesto, California and the greater Central Valley.