Without a proper ventilation system, the temperature in your attic can quickly reach 150 degrees this summer. High attic temperatures can shorten your roof’s lifespan and increase the strain on your HVAC system. That’s why it’s important that you keep your attic cool throughout the year.
What are the ways to cool a hot attic?
Install Passive Vents
Installing additional gable, soffit and ridge vents can improve airflow in your attic and allow more hot air to exit from your attic. However, it’s best to consult your roofing contractor first. That’s because installing additional vents can interfere with the airflow in your attic. A properly designed roof ventilation system balances the number of intake and exhaust vents. Having just the right number of vents pressurizes the attic, preventing cool air from exiting your home too quickly and keeping attic temperatures at comfortable levels.
Install Electric Ventilators and Attic Fan
Alternatively, you can install electric ventilators and attic fans that can remove hot air from your attic. Modern ventilator models have a handy automatic feature that turns on the fan whenever temperatures reach 100-110 degrees.
Install Additional Insulation Layers
Without adequate insulation or if there are any gaps in your insulation, cool air can quickly escape your home, forcing your HVAC system to consume more electricity to keep temperatures at a comfortable level. Most homes should have an R-value between 22 and 49, according to the Department of Energy. The R-value indicates insulation’s ability to prevent heat transfer—the higher the R-value, the better the insulative capability. If you’re not sure if your attic has enough insulation, you should consult a contractor from a reputable roofing company.
Looking for a contractor in your area?
Wood’s Roofing, a family-owned and -operated company, offers a wide range of professional roofing services, including roof replacement services. To request a free quote, call us at (863) 225-0603 or fill out this form. We serve homeowners in Lakeland, FL, as well as the surrounding communities.