You, like most homeowners, probably don’t think too much about ventilation during the colder months of the year. After all, you want warm air to stay inside the house and the thought of venting it outside doesn’t make too much sense, right? Well, contrary to popular belief ventilation is as vital in the winter as it is in the summer, especially in the attic! Why? Find out below:
You’ve probably heard about the importance of indoor air quality — and it’s important to think about it all year long. Without proper ventilation, a variety of issues could occur including too much moisture in the air which could lead to mold growth, frost, rot and damaged shingles or even ice dams.
But if the air tends to be so much drier in the winter, how could there possibly be too much moisture? Well, it’s no surprise that heat rises and it brings some moisture with it as it heads to the upper levels of your home — and here’s where the attic comes into play.
As heat rises and moisture collects in the attic, this is where problems can begin to arise. Said moisture can begin seeping into your home’s structure and can cause damage to the framing and roofing materials used to keep your home intact.
So, how can you prevent these issues from happening in the first place? It all starts with ventilation.
There are generally two main types of vents in the attic — intake vents and exhaust vents. Intake vents pull air from outside into the attic which allows cool, dry air to circulate which promotes healthier indoor air in this area of the house.
Exhaust vents draw warmer, moist air from inside of the attic to the outside of the house which helps eliminate excess moisture.
With the right ventilation in place, you’ll be on your way to improved indoor air quality all year ‘round!
For more information about heating and ventilation services this winter, don’t hesitate to give the experts at Hero Plumbing, Heating & Cooling a call today!