Let Your Roof Breathe (Part 1): Importance of Ventilation

Proper attic ventilation is important for commercial and residential properties. According to the Federal Housing Administration, there should be at least a square foot of ventilation for every 300 sq. ft. of space in the attic. Our roofing contractors in St. Petersburg FL also advise to equally partition the required ventilation space between exhaust and intake vents. This will create a balance between the amount of air that goes in and out of your home.

Here are several benefits of having proper attic ventilation:

Improves Indoor Air Quality

According to ENERGY STAR:

Indoor air can be many times more polluted than outdoor air, and the average American spends 90 percent of the day inside. Ventilation systems can significantly improve a home’s air quality by removing allergens, pollutants, and moisture that can cause mold problems.

Without proper ventilation, you and your family are at risk of various diseases and respiratory conditions, such as asthma, cough, and skin allergies. You can reduce sick days and health care costs by making sure your family is breathing in unpolluted air.

Reduces Energy Costs

Research shows that potential energy loss from the attic may be more than 40%. This can have a significant impact on your energy usage.

With the right number of intake and exhaust vents, you can avoid moisture and heat from building up in the attic and the rest of your house. Your HVAC system won’t have to work harder to maintain the comfort level in your house.

Extend Roof’s Service Life

Heat or moisture accumulation may damage different parts of your roof, such as the shingles. With impaired structural integrity, the roof may not be able to protect your home efficiently. Furthermore, damaged shingles due to inadequate ventilation may void the manufacturer’s warranty.

Prevent the early deterioration of your shingles and keep your warranty by making sure your home meets the requirements for attic ventilation. Our roofers in St. Petersburg can provide you with an assessment and the necessary recommendations for ventilation.

Many homeowners in different parts of Florida rely on Arry’s Roofing for their roofing and ventilation needs. Get in touch with us to know what attic ventilation is right for your home.

Check out part 2 <https://www.arrysroofing.com/blog/let-your-roof-breathe-part-2-benefits-of-solar-attic-fans/> of our blog series to find out the best type of attic ventilation for your home.

(Article excerpt from Mechanical Ventilation: Breathe Easy with Fresh Air in the Home, energystar.gov)