New York weather is extreme. The winters can be frigid. The summers can bring unexpected heat waves. Because New Yorkers face a wide range of temperatures, our homes must be ready for anything. One important aspect to a comfortable, energy-efficient home is having a good attic ventilation system in place.
The attic is an often-forgotten part of the home, unless you’re stashing old belongings up there. However, it’s key to maintaining your home’s good condition and your family’s comfort: By properly insulating and venting your attic, you reduce the risks of ice damming in the winter and moisture damage in the summer.
Ice damming results when the snow on your roof melts if the attic is too warm. After melting, the snow flows into the gutters and can refreeze, causing an ice dam that can damage your roof. This is why it is important that you properly vent the attic in the winter so that it doesn’t become too warm.
On the flip side, summer can bring its own dangers, chief among them the potential for more roof damage if air isn’t circulating sufficiently. That’s because hot, humid air can become trapped in an attic that isn’t properly ventilated, causing mold damage and potentially ruining your roof shingles.
Along with attic ventilation, attic insulation is key to keeping your home comfortable year-round. If you have good attic ventilation but poor insulation, unwanted hot air might flow into your living quarters in the summer and cold air in the winter.
If your home isn’t maintaining temperatures properly, improvements to your attic could resolve the problem. A heating and cooling professional can help. Please contact the Long Island experts at T.F. O’Brien Cooling & Heating anytime. We’re always glad to help.
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