An unventilated attic in summer heat can reach 150 degrees. That’s 50 degrees higher than it should be. Furthermore, an overheated attic can bake and deteriorate asphalt shingles on the roof and even damage your home’s exterior.
High temperatures can also make your air conditioner work harder than usual and cause an increase in your energy bills.
While the summer heat may seem quite inevitable, it’s not supposed to invade your home and cause great inconvenience. There are many ways you can cool it down if your attic is hot and stuffy.
Proper Insulation Is Key
Whether or not you are using your attic, proper insulation in the attic is key. Insulation is the barrier between the outside world and your home. You spend a lot of money on energy, trying to keep your home cool in the summer, but you may be working against improper insulation.
Siding with good insulative qualities can reduce energy costs. A great example is James® Hardie siding. Since it is made up of fiber cement, it is stronger than vinyl and less susceptible to damage from wind and weather. Additionally, when exposed to heat, it does not burn, melt or warp, which is an important advantage over vinyl siding.
Attic ventilation is vital to the maintenance of your home, so make sure it is properly installed and working. The natural air flow that a properly ventilated attic creates will move hot air out of the house.
The ventilation works with the attic’s insulation, which ensures that hot air does not enter from outside the attic. It is important to remember that attic ventilation has many different types. If you suspect that your ventilation is not doing its best to keep your attic cool, talk to an expert about whether you need an update.
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