Tips for Improving Attic Ventilation

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Soffit vents can help create a large amount of airflow to your attic.

When it comes to keeping you and your family safe at home, there are so many things to consider—the condition of your roof, protecting your basement from any leaks, and keeping your HVAC system in great condition. Beyond all of those, improving your attic ventilation should be on the list! A well ventilated attic can make your entire home healthier and filled with fresh air. Here are some simple and quick tips for improving your attic ventilation at home.  

Why Does Attic Ventilation Matter?

An attic that is properly ventilated should be able to do the following:

  • Stop mildew growth and rot on your roof
  • Reduce the amount of moisture buildup in your attic
  • Prevent ice dams from forming on your roof
  • Help your shingles last longer by keeping your roof cool throughout the year
  • Reduce your energy bills throughout the summer

What Causes Poor Attic Ventilation?

The signs of poorly ventilated attics include:

  • Insulation in the space between the rafters that prevents air from traveling throughout the attic
  • Aluminum or vinyl eaves installed over plywood soffits without any venting holes
  • Gaps around pipes, ductwork, or electrical boxes
  • Roof vents installed only on one side of the roof
  • Kitchen or bath fans that are vented through the attic instead of through the roof

Improving Your Attic Ventilation

Some simple ways to improve your attic’s ventilation include:

  • Adding soffit vents to create a huge amount of airflow in your attic
  • Adding rectangular roof vents to hip or pyramid roofs with shorter ridge lines
  • Adding ridge vents that seamlessly blend into the roof to evenly distribute ventilation along the roof ridge
  • Creating specialty roof vents if you have a unique shape like starter vents, circular vents, or flash filter vents

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