Your Home Air Conditioning Needs Effective Attic Ventilation
A proper attic ventilation is essential to the success of every effort put into keeping the temperature down as a way to regulate the energy consumption of the heating and cooling services for homes, and business as well. Controlling the heat accumulated within the attic from the sun’s unforgiving rays, which is magnified on summers, can help you save. Even in winter, you can still use an effective ventilation to push out the warm, moist air seeping from the living space below.
You might seek the help and opinion of a professional to find out if your attic has the proper ventilation set up or if it may need some work done. But before contacting an HVAC professional, there are ways you can check the space below your roof. When we process a new home ac installation, we include the placement of ducts and vents when planning the installation.
Check the roof and eaves. If there are no existing vents on either your roof or eaves or both, you need to strategically add a few vents. Ridge vents can be installed on the roof or gable vents can be added on top of gables.
Check the ceilings on a warm day. When the ceilings heat up and feel hot when you touch it, this is telling you that the attic is becoming oven-like. Without vents, the warm air and humidity are trapped which could prompt your air conditioner service to work harder. An overworked AC eats up electricity and could lead to irrevocable damage.
Can Attic Fans Help?
It isn’t just the natural heat from the sun that can heat up the air below your roof. There are many contributing factors within and outside the house that can bring the temperature up. The steam coming off the stove, the hot showers, the body heat from everyone occupying the house; these factors can and will trigger your air conditioner service to consume more energy.
Heating and cooling services experts often recommend the installation of fans to help push out the warm air, which comes in two types:
Rooftop fans – It performs two tasks at the same time: to expel trapped air and replace it with a cooler one.
Gable fans – Usually, there are two separate units that operate on opposite sides of the attic, one blows in and the other blows out.
Both types of fans can be powered by solar energy with the use of a solar-powered equipment. With solar energy, it mostly works during daylight hours which is the hottest part of the day. The fans will start working on their own without close monitoring needed or you having to flip a switch to turn it on and off.
“Ventilation can be accomplished using various products and techniques,” This is according to Christophor Jurin in his Proper Roof Ventilation blog. Jurin also said, “It is prudent to understand how much ventilation is needed. Ventilation of attic spaces is required by most building codes as well as by roofing material manufacturers and the NRCA (National Roofing Contractors Association). Most building codes require a ratio of 1/150 — ventilation space to attic floor space.”
Improve Attic Ventilation With A New AC Install
Systematic ducting and strategic placement of vents are one of the many services Marthedal Solar, Air & Heating offer to all customers in Fresno and the surrounding neighborhood. We provide a free consultation to households and businesses who are looking for ways to cost-cut their monthly energy consumption. Schedule an appointment with us today and get a professional advice from one of our expert technicians.
Don’t wait for your utility bill to blow up, check your roof and attic for proper ventilation. If you find a problem, we are just a call away. Check out our blog on average price for AC installs.