Hot summer weather means Austin residents will be doing their best to beat the heat.
You already know your HVAC system works harder in the summer to keep your home cool. What you might not realize is your roof has a huge effect on how efficiently it can do its job. A common issue with your roof that you might not even be aware of can disrupt the natural flow of air, causing heat to get trapped.
When heat is trapped in the attic, it naturally seeps into the rest of your home, “fighting” your air conditioning.
That leads to three major problems that last all summer long:
1. Your home will be less comfortable, especially during the high heat of the day
2. You will spend more on electricity trying to maintain your desired temperature
3. The extra work your HVAC does accelerate wear and tear, leading to failure
The secret to preventing all that? Roof ventilation, especially proper roof vents.
Roof Vents Stop the “Oven Effect” for Austin Area Homes
Roof ventilation is crucial for the overall well-being of your home and your family. But there are only a few things you can do about it from a “DIY” perspective. Removing any boxes and heavy objects you have stored in the attic is a good step because it allows air to flow freely throughout the space.
To make a noticeable difference, though, roof vents matter most.
Most roof vents use convection to move hot air out of the attic since it naturally wants to rise. Roof vents also help during the winter months by venting moisture. That could save you hundreds of dollars on roof repair in Austin.
Roof vents come in a variety of styles:
1. Static and Soffit Roof Vents
These two vents work in combination, with the soffit vents placed under the house’s eaves. That ensures the transfer of cooler air into the attic and hotter air out of it. The right size and design for your vents depend on your home, including the pitch of the roof and your total square footage.
2. Ridge Roof Vents
These vents sit under the roof’s ridge, letting the hot air out. Along with soffits under the eaves, you’ll get an even and efficient venting effect across the whole roof. Ridge roof vents are very popular because they are simple and effective.
3. Solar Power Roof Vents
These vents drive air out of the attic using solar-powered motors. They have thermostats that automatically switch them on when the attic is too hot.
4. Turtle, Mushroom, and Others
Various static specialty roof vents are used along the roof ridge when space isn’t sufficient for regular ridge vents.
Roof Vents Can Reduce Home Maintenance Woes
Even if you are happy with your home’s temperature and energy efficiency, new roof vents are still a good idea. They help you extend the lifespan of your insulation, another vital contributor to a healthy heat cycle. That may even protect you from early insulation loss and replacement costs.
Roof vents also safeguard your shingles against heat damage. Sustained high temperatures in the attic can “bake” your shingles from below. Warping, damage to the adhesive layer, and loss of protective granules all result. Those effects make your roof more vulnerable to future rain, wind, and hail.
Luckily, there’s one simple solution: Roof vents installed by professional Austin roofers.
Contact Longhorn Roofing to find out more, or to get started.