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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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scott agran
05:53 16 Nov 21
Binh is a wonderful person and a great representative of his company. Excellent communicator, honest and hard worker
Linda Wendell
Linda Wendell
21:53 15 Nov 21
We were very happy with the service provided by Ryan Waters and his team.
Allan Smolko
Allan Smolko
04:06 13 Nov 21
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Vander Shanholt
Vander Shanholt
01:03 13 Nov 21
Scott was incredibly friendly and repaired our upstairs heat in short order
Barbara Myers
Barbara Myers
23:26 12 Nov 21
11/12/2021 - Another great Hobiaca experience - thanks for sending Justin Driver to service my HVAC and complete the water heater repair. Great service and very professional. Thank you HobiacaHobaica thank you for always sending the best in the business - Ryan Waters was so nice and professional. I really think your team sets the example for others in knowledge of your products and services you provide. Thank you!!
Diane Stouffer
Diane Stouffer
16:57 12 Nov 21
Binh Tran was great! He replaced the capacitor on our AC unit before we had an issue w the motor. He was courteous and professional. Thank you, Binh!
Cindy Fischer
Cindy Fischer
01:42 12 Nov 21
Ryan, Dylan& John were awesome. Professional, personable , on-time & dependable. Thx guys
Marc Jouandet
Marc Jouandet
23:36 11 Nov 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!
Jack Guzman
Jack Guzman
22:13 11 Nov 21
Hello, just a little note to tell you how great our Technicians were today.Ivan and Troy showed up a little ahead of schedule, met with us, checked out the work areas and got right to work. And they did a fantastic job! I thought I was going to hear all kinds of banging and all kinds of noise but instead it was just a little bit of noise and the cool sound of Ivan whistling... reminded me of my Dad, he always whistled to, it was great.Troy was also quietly working outside.Upon completion of the work Troy and Ivan showed us their work and how the new thermostat worked.They did a great job with the installation, very professional work! I've seen a few air conditioning/furnace installations over the years when building homes with my dad and cousin...and these two technicians (Ivan and Troy) are obviously very good at what they do, and very good with the customer service experience they exhibited to us!!And personally I think they both definitely deserve a raise!!! And no, they didn't ask me to say this, LOL. It's obvious they're humble guys that would never ask for something like this, but they definitely deserve a raise...at minimum some fantastic kudos to some great Hobiaca Technicians!Kudos to Ivan and Troy for a job very well done!Thank you,Jack and Jackie Guzman11/11/2021

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