Does Your Attic Have Adequate Ventilation? 4 Ways That Improving The Ventilation Can Help Your Home

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If you haven't been paying much attention to the ventilation in your attic, you need to start. Your attic may be a place that you don't use very often – you might not use it at all – but it's still a very important part of your home. In fact, you might say that when it comes to home maintenance concerns, your attic should be at the top of your list. If your attic isn't properly ventilated, you could be facing a multitude of potential problems. That's why it's so important that you spend some time ensure that your attic has the ventilation it needs. Here are just four of the benefits that adequate attic ventilation provides you with.

Reduces Mold and Mildew Growth

You might not realize this, but when your attic isn't ventilated properly, it can develop a moisture problem. Unfortunately, excess moisture in the attic can lead to mold and mildew growth. Once you've got mold and mildew in your attic, it can be difficult to get rid of, especially if the mold has found its way into the insulation. If that happens, you'll be looking at the total replacement of your insulation, and the need for mold remediation services. You can avoid all that by ensuring that your attic has adequate ventilation.

Prevents Wood Rot

In addition to the mold that can grow as a result of improper ventilation, the excess moisture can also lead to wood rot. That's because the moisture can be absorbed into the wood. The more moisture that's absorbed into the wood, the more damage is done. Eventually, the wood will begin to rot, and when that happens, the structural integrity of your entire home will be undermined. Protect your wood, and the structural integrity of your home by improving the ventilation in your attic.

Improves Your Homes Energy Efficiency

You might not think of reduced energy efficiency when you think of poor attic ventilation, but you should. You see, if the air can't circulate in your attic, the heat will build up to severe levels. The hotter the attic gets, the harder it becomes for your air conditioner to cool your home. Not only that, but during the winter, the excess moisture in the attic can make impossible for your heater to work properly. By improving the ventilation in your attic, you're also improving the energy efficiency of your home.

Helps Your Roof Last Longer

In addition to the energy efficiency that's lost as a result of poor attic ventilation, you'll also be facing damage to your roof. You see, as the heat and moisture build up in your attic, it's being absorbed into the plywood decking of your roof. As a result, your shingles are being heated up at the same time as they're absorbing the excess moisture. You can go along way towards extending the life of your roof by improving the ventilation in your attic.

Contact a company, like Insulation Pro's, for more help.

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