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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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Jobey and Andy Frank
04:18 07 May 21
Amer was a very kind and helpful person, he explained things to me and was very considerate. Great job, Hobaica!
Marc Jouandet
Marc Jouandet
01:27 07 May 21
Scott came by today to perform routine maintenance on our air conditioners. He discovered one of the capacitors to be failing & was able to replace it quickly & efficiently. Now I can get through the summer without worries. Thanks Scott!
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Lynne Paxton
00:00 07 May 21
Ryan Waters did a maintenance check on my AC and repaired a valve on my Mastercool evap. He is always pleasant to work with and did a good job. Thanks Ryan.
Steve Sachs
Steve Sachs
18:33 06 May 21
Travis was amazing! Very knowledgeable and thorough. He completed a service of my A/C unit and a warranty replacement of a failing capacitor. I highly recommend Hobaica for any electrical, HVAC, or plumbing work you need done. I have used them for years and they continue to impress.
Tatia Key
Tatia Key
00:56 06 May 21
Hobaica has been a real pleasure to work with, and I would highly recommend them to anyone looking to replace their A/C. Andy made the selecting, purchasing and scheduling process extremely easy, explaining all our options and answering all our questions very clearly. Jorge performed the installation, and he was courteous, competent, efficient, professional, friendly, and helpful, a delight to have him working on/in my home.I am happy that Hobaica reached out to us for our 2-year inspection. A big thanks to Scott for making sure our unit is operating properly and efficiently.
Ellen Carter
Ellen Carter
23:58 05 May 21
5/5/21Ryan came today to service our air conditioning system and to flush our water heater. He is always courteous and professional. Our air-conditioner and water heater were in good condition.Thank you very much for GREAT SERVICE!
john ngo
john ngo
23:55 05 May 21
Danny Unglaub is a true professional. He came to my house on time and checked all parts of my air conditioning unit. He is very thorough. We will ask for him on our next appointment.
Joan Salvatierra
Joan Salvatierra
21:24 05 May 21
Mike serviced our a/c today. He was punctual, polite, pleasant and efficient. He was knowledgeable in explaining issues and answering my questions. He went out of his way to be helpful,
Hope Dymek
Hope Dymek
18:49 05 May 21
Scott was punctual, polite and professional. A thorough inspection of our HVAC systems was completed as well as installation of new capacitors. Hobaica was quick to schedule our maintenance request, and Scott was knowledgeable and efficient. Great value and great service!

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