Technical Information and Resources
- A good article on the importance of attic ventilation in New England climates.
- This YouTube video shows why we use this specific ridge vent in all our jobs that require them. A ridge vent designed with an external baffle uses the wind to its advantage to pull more air out of the attic in testing conducted at the University of Florida.
- There are a number of ventilation products that do not work well. To see if your home ventilation issues are being caused by these products see our ventilation types page.
- The Balanced System An overview from Air Vent, Inc.
- Attic Ventilation
This is an informative industry article on attic ventilation from Inspection News & Views from the American Society of Home Inspectors.
- Moisture Problems Attic Ventilation
Moisture in the home comes from a number of places. This article does a nice job addressing many of them.
- Tips and Answers Booklet from “Ask the Expert™” Seminar
An excellent overview from Air Vent, Inc. covering many ventilation issues.
- Types of Attic Ventilation
An overview of attic ventilation options from Air Vent, Inc
- “Ventilation is important to many different aspects of the home. The comfort of the homeowner, the life expectancy of the roof and the performance of the heating and air conditioning systems can all be affected by the lack of ventilation throughout the structure.” from: http://roofing.about.com/od/Roof-Ventilation/a/How-To-Ensure-Proper-Roof-Ventilation-In-Your-Attic.htm
- Here’s a good overview that addresses many of the reasons why good attic ventilation is so important:
Good Attic Ventilation – It’s More Important and More Attainable than You May Think
- Hidden problems in the attic can lead to mould growth or even a fire
An attic could be hiding any number of serious problems such as inadequate insulation and ventilation, bad wiring and vermin intrusion
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
- “The number one enemy facing an attic is moisture”. Here is a short article that covers the causes of attic moisture and a few of the many methods we use to solve the problem.“
- How to Cool a Hot Attic
Keep your attic from boiling over with these venting and insulating tips.
- Humidity, Mold, and Indoor Air Quality
Moisture rides on air currents, and warm air carries more moisture
than cool air…condensation is sometimes visible in the attic; all you have to do is look for frost or dampness forming on the underside of the OSB or plywood roof sheathing.
- Heat Loss and Attic Problems
This is an informative article about the many ways moisture has a way of getting up into an attic
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
“If mold is a problem in your home, clean up the mold and get rid of the excess water or moisture.” An overview of general sources of mold in the home.
- How to Prevent Ice Dams, and What to Do If You Get Them
- A reminder of why good attic ventilation is so important as you prepare for the upcoming winter.
- What are ice dams? What causes attic condensation? And if you’ve got either, what can you do? – See more here.
- Here’s an interesting article from Cornell University.
The Causes and Cures of Attic Condensation and Roof Ice Damming Problems.
- Ice Dams
A general discussion of ice dams and they damage they can do.
- Ice Dams
Good technical information from the University of Minnesota Extension
- Get in Gear for Ice Dam Season, Fall Home Improvement Guide,
Middlesex Community Newspapers, 1995.
- The most common justification given for venting attics is to prevent
ice formation during the winter. Another justification for attic ventilation is to keep attics cool and prevent ice dams.
Home and Car for Cold Months Is Smart
- This short video covers ways to add some insulation to your home in time for Winter.
- 7 Ways to Prepare Your Attic for Fall Weather
- Conduct a thorough inspection before the season’s first cold snap as part of your winter preparation.
Winter preparation results in lowering your energy bills, increasing the efficiency and lifespan of your home’s components, and making your property…
- Don’t Let Your Attic Suck – Power Attic Ventilators Are a Bad Idea
We are strong advocates of passive attic ventilation solutions for a number of reasons. Here is an interesting article that discusses the downsides of powered ventilation.
- The government’s Energy Star Program is a great resource with many ways you can save on your energy costs: programs, information, assessment tools, etc.
- There are a number of energy saving programs including rebates and discounts available to Massachusetts residents at Mass Save.
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Inadequate attic pulldown stairs will allow moisture from the inside of your home to invade your attic and allow hot air from the attic to make your home less energy efficient and less comfortable. It is important to insulate this opening. A relatively simple DIY project is to make your own insulating cover. Here is a good video.
You can also purchase premade covers at a number of sites such as Battic Door .