How often do you go up into your attic? Are you up there at least once a day or once a week, or is it somewhere that you go only when you need to grab some holiday decorations? Well, we can tell you that it doesn’t really matter how often you go up there, but if your attic isn’t well ventilated you’re going to have some issues.
Here are the 3 things that you are avoiding by making sure that your attic is well ventilated:
Heat and Moisture
You know that your attic can get really hot during the warmest days of the year, but did you know that many parts of your attic can’t take that heat for any length of time? Your roof deck, rafters, and trusses can get warped when they are exposed to too much heat and if you do not know it is happening, you may find your roof collapsing. The heat can cause moisture to form as droplets in the air and that moisture will sit on everything that you have in this space, causing extensive damage.
Mold and Mildew
As mentioned above, attics contain a lot of heat and moisture, and those two items are what causes the growth of mold and mildew. While you can have these two things anywhere in your home, the attic is a big one, because you may not know that they are there for quite some time. The mold and mildew can ruin everything that you store up in your attic, plus it can spread until it has created so much damage and is everywhere in your home. Mold is quite toxic too and it can cause serious health issues for anyone in your family.
The moisture in your attic can also cause damage to your insulation, because the insulation will absorb all the water in the air. Once your insulation gets wet, it will not be as energy efficient and you will quickly find your energy bills getting higher.
If you never thought about how well your attic was ventilated before, you may give it a second thought now. After all, we know that you do not want to deal with any major issues like the three above, because clearing up the issues can be time consuming and expensive.