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Sometimes You Just Need to Vent

Since the attic is not a part of the home normally inhabited, it can easily be ignored.  Many homeowners may not appreciate the need for proper ventilation of the attic.  Solar heat on the roof can cause the space to become very hot.  Without proper insulation and ventilation, the heat is often transferred through the ceiling into the living space, increasing air conditioning load, resulting in increased utility bills and additional wear and tear on the air conditioning unit.  Fortunately, it is possible to correct home ventilation problems to prevent these conditions from occurring.

While correcting home ventilation problems can help to reduce heat buildup in the summer it also helps to prevent premature deterioration of the shingles that protect the home from the elements.  During the winter months, ventilation is essential to prevent buildup of moisture, decreasing the chances of mold or mildew growth.

Since there are serious consequences of ignoring one’s home ventilation problems, homeowners should consider the following:

One efficient method to solve attic ventilation problems is by providing a balance of intake and exhaust vents.  Intake vents can be provided in the soffits with the exhaust vents near the roof ridge.  This arrangement uses a natural chimney effect to draw cooler drier air into the attic while hot moist air is flushed from the exhausts.  As a result, attic air temperatures are stabilized and the moisture problems are solved.

If the home is already equipped with soffit vents take time to ensure they are not blocked.  These frequently overlooked vents can easily be filled with debris and clogged.  In some cases, the vent holes are too small to provide useful ventilation.  This error often occurs during the home’s construction.  A soft, nylon paint brush can be used to scrub the soffit vents clean.  If the vents were blocked, this action can reduce the temperature in the attic significantly.

If the attic ventilation problems continue to exist, installing an attic fan may help.  These fans offer the power to bring large amounts of fresh air into the space, allowing the attic temperatures and humidity to reach equilibrium with the outside air.  As a result, heat transfer from the attic to the remainder of the home is reduced.

Home ventilation problems should be addressed when found.  In some cases, these problems are easy and inexpensive to solve.  Even if more vents must be added, the cost of solving the attic ventilation problems is regained in lower utility bills and certainly less expensive than replacing an HVAC system or having to solve a mold problem in the home.

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Pat O'Farrell
Pat O'Farrell
18:03 04 Mar 21
We've been Hobaica heat pump and maintenance customers since 1997. Just had a semiannual maintenance visit from Amer on our very new Lennox system installed last Fall. Amer was very thorough and a pleasure to work with. Excellent service, as usual, from Hobaica.Another maintenance today (3/21) done by Scott and Travis. Again, very thorough inspection. And pleasant to work with.
Robert Elzy
Robert Elzy
00:21 04 Mar 21
Juan was very professional and personable. He took the time to answer all our questions and kept great communication the whole time.
Barb Palmer
Barb Palmer
21:46 03 Mar 21
Great service from Ryan Waters highly recommend Hobaica as always great company and great technician.
c abbott
c abbott
19:21 03 Mar 21
My tech, Michael V, was wonderful. He was not only polite and professional but, educated me about my system as well. I greatly appreciate the service. He is my A/C hero!
Mike Milliron
Mike Milliron
17:56 03 Mar 21
We have been customers of Hobaica for over 15 years. They have always been completely professional, responsive and do excellent work. .
Nathan Coury
Nathan Coury
21:57 01 Mar 21
Binh was awesome, professional, knowledgeable, and friendly. Gave great tips for maintenance for our equipment afterwards too. And he was right about our A/C issues we were having months ago. Highly recommend.
Holly Boudro
Holly Boudro
03:01 26 Feb 21
Wonderful experience! He came on one day and fixed what he could and then scheduled us the next day to repair the problem! He was very friendly and outgoing!
Karen Woodhouse
Karen Woodhouse
22:39 25 Feb 21
Scott Dale was very professional and knowledgeable during an inspection of my HVAC system. I was very comfortable during his visit and he shared helpful information and pictures and patiently answered all of my questions. I highly recommend Scott and appreciate having a technician of his caliber representing Hobaica.
frances hansen
frances hansen
15:51 25 Feb 21
Mike did great service!

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