Attic ventilation is one of the biggest problem areas that we come across. Most people don’t realize how important proper ventilation is for a healthy and happy home. As those humid, Midwestern summer days are ever approaching, prepare to beat the heat.
You probably haven’t seen a lot of attic fans around these days. But you may remember them from your grandparents’ farm house. On brutal summer days, my grandma would always have the windows and doors open to promote air flow, but when it got too hot to handle you can bet the attic fan was left on day and night.
Did you know that during summer months, attics can reach up to 150 degrees?! That air, without good ventilation, is merely circulated throughout the house. This will cause the air conditioner to run more frequently, which in turn wreaks havoc on utility bills. Attic fans draw that air out of the living areas as it reduces the temperature of the air in the attic. That way your A/C can take a break once in awhile.
Improved ventilation can help with keeping pesky critters like termites and cockroaches at bay too. These insects are drawn to dark, moist areas that are often created as a result of poor ventilation. As the attic fan draws air up and away, it pulls moisture out too. Say goodbye to termites, mold and mildew!
As the air and moisture are removed from your home, you may notice that you have to clean less. Sorry, I know that really bursts your bubble. Since air will be circulating pretty quickly, your attic fan draws dust molecules out before they have a chance to settle on, well, everything. This could potentially help with reducing allergy symptoms too!
With all the perks of having an attic fan, I can see why Grandma didn’t mind it running through the summer. If your home doesn’t currently have one, this could be a great time and money saving option. Attic fans are an inexpensive way to improve ventilation and general home health.