Did you know that 9 out of 10 homes in the US do not have proper attic ventilation? This past Saturday, on our WCCO radio show, home ventilation was a big topic, especially the use of attic chutes. An attic vent chute plays an important role in removing heated air from your attic and bringing fresh air in through a small baffle. The best way to determine whether or not you need attic vent chutes is to set up an estimate with a local contractor, like us here at Lindus Construction, to come out and inspect the air flow in your attic. Below are some warning signs that you may need attic vent chutes installed.
Your Soffits are Clogged – probably the number one indicator that you need chutes installed is if the soffits on your home continue to clog up with debris and insulation. Having attic chutes installed that go right over the soffits will allow air in, but keep debris away.
Signs of Mold – a common problem in attic spaces is the buildup of mold from water and condensation caused by warm air rising. If you notice mold along your roof deck, insulation, sheathing or any other area close to your attic, you probably need vent chutes installed. Additionally, if your rafters, joists or house sheathing have darker spots where water has been sitting, it’s an indication that humid air is being trapped in your attic.
It’s Hot in Here – do you find yourself saying, “It’s hot up here” when you are in or near your attic area or do you feel warm air rising from your below living space? A common cause of this is that insulation in between the roof deck and soffit has been moved by air flow coming through the vents. Having attic vent chutes installed will redirect this air flow.
Everything looks Rusty – If you notice that the nails and screws used in your attic are rusted, attic vent chutes can remedy the situation by allowing humid air to escape.
Why We’re the Area’s Leading Insulation & Attic Air Sealing Contractor:
A Well-Ventilated Attic Will Offer Your Home:
1) Reduced cooling costs in the warmer months.
2) The prevention of ice dams in the winter months.
3) Extension of the life of your shingles avoiding premature aging of your roofing system
4) Prevention of mold & mildew growth due to moisture buildup.
5) You will avoid any warping or cracking of your wood framing