According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 42% of a homeowner’s utility bill is spent on heating and cooling costs. That number goes up drastically when a home is poorly insulated. Proper insulation can cut those costs by an average of 20%. If your home lacks the proper amount of insulation, or if your insulation is installed incorrectly, you can do severe damage to both your home and your bank account.
Proper Attic Ventilation
A well-ventilated attic can help minimize the potential for damage and unexpected costs. Ultimately, if you want to keep your house warm in the winter and cool in the summer, you should first look to your attic. Having proper roof ventilation – and insulation – can help preserve the roof of your home and reduce your electric bills.
3 benefits of roof ventilation
- Extends the life of your roof
As ice and water build up at the edges of your roof, it can back up behind/underneath the roofing materials, causing damage to your whole roof system, your attic and even the inside walls of your home. Proper ventilation helps warm air escape before it has the chance to melt snow and ice off your roof.
- Reduces Energy Costs
A properly vented roof allows heat to escape, thereby reducing the workload on your air conditioner. An air conditioner that is running less means lower electric bill.
- Reduces indoor temperature extremes
Poorly vented roofs cause different temperature extreme throughout the home. Once a roof is adequately vented to allow the hot air to escape and the cool air to enter the attic space, your home will be more comfortable year-round.