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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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Maureen Webster
Maureen Webster
23:23 15 Oct 21
Steven was very professional, courteous and efficient. We appreciate that he wore a mask in our home and made helpful suggestions for us. We appreciate Hobaica for all our needs.
Kay Campbell
Kay Campbell
20:02 14 Oct 21
Hobaica Services is a company I can trust! They were responsive and on time. Steven was polite, professional and his work was immaculate. I highly recommend Hobaica Services
Nancy McDowell
Nancy McDowell
14:23 14 Oct 21
Amer has been our service technician twice now and has been very helpful and professional both times.
Powell Family
Powell Family
02:56 13 Oct 21
I highly recommend Binh. He is very knowledgeable and great to work with.
John Lake
John Lake
19:03 12 Oct 21
Hobaica has always maintained top notch professionals. John Miranda serviced the unit this morning. Would recommend them for any air conditioning/heating issues
Joyce Backlund
Joyce Backlund
11:43 12 Oct 21
Ryan with Hobaica is the best! He is thorough, professional, knowledgeable, and works hard to make sure his customer is happy. Thank you Ryan for going the extra mile, it is truly appreciated.
Mee Young Um
Mee Young Um
23:32 11 Oct 21
Our AC blower motor broke twice since mid-June. Hobaica came to replace it twice since then. However, we noticed that our AC wasn't blowing enough air as it did previously, but all technicians from Hobaica couldn't figure out what was wrong with our system or even claimed that it was working properly. Our system could not maintain the set temperature during the afternoons and was constantly running, causing abnormally high electrical bills. Finally, after multiple technician visits, Binh T came and found out that the blower motor was not programmed properly and replaced it with a new one for the "third" time. Our AC is finally blowing sufficient amount of air from the vents!! Thank you so much, Binh T, for being professional and knowledgeable on this matter! We cannot thank you more.
Alfred Tabeek
Alfred Tabeek
00:51 09 Oct 21
Travis did a great job replacing the Moen cartridge in my shower. He even offered to install the escutcheon, stop tube and handle that I expected to do myself. I appreciated that. Travis is professional, does high quality work and is an overall great guy to work with. It was a job well done.
Wesley Paxton
Wesley Paxton
22:06 08 Oct 21
Travis did an exceptional job of installing my new WiFi thermostat and made sure everything worked before he finished the job.

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