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Here comes the sun! Summer has arrived, the pool is open, Major League Baseball is starting to pick up, and now your attic is at about 150 degrees. The heat can actually damage your air conditioning if it’s not properly insulated and maintained! Here are 5 ways you can defend your roof and attic from the Summer heat!
  1. Before it gets really hot, check to make sure the exhaust fans are working well, and are vented properly. 

You most likely have one of these three ventilation fan types:

  • The common ventilation fan provides fresh air to homes within a heat-recovery ventilator or an energy-recovery ventilator.
  • Whole-house fans, unlike a standard ventilation fan, is designed to cool a house down to a lower indoor temperature. It is a mounted fan that exhausts air from a home during the nighttime.
  • A powered attic ventilator is basically designed to lower the temperature through exhausting air from the attic, and replacing it with outdoor air.

The most important thing to remember, is to make sure you have enough attic vents to let air escape.

  1. Clean out your attic! Eliminating dust and dirt can ensure items are safe and secure during storage. 

You will want to make preparations before you take action upon this, because cleaning out an attic can be dangerous. You will want to remove dirt and dust (best done through using a synthetic duster), and remove all of the dander/dust mites by vacuuming the attic out. While cleaning out your attic, this gives you a great opportunity to check for mold.

  1. Space your attic out to organize it properly.

A great way to keep the attic cool, is to have 1 square foot of venting area for every 300 square feet. This allows your attic to be space out properly, and cool air will properly distribute throughout your attic space. Not to mention, your attic will be more organized and clean by spacing out your attic!

  1. Evaluate how much heat your roof retains. The darker the roof, the hotter it can get! 

You might want to consider a change if it’s bringing in too much heat in the attic. Your roof color affects the internal temperature of your home. Generally, lighter-colored roofs reflect heat rays from the sun, but the darker-colored roofs absorb the heat. Another important factor to consider is knowing what kind of roof underlayment you have. Asphalt shingles are less reflective compared to metal or rubber roofing materials. Synthetic roof underlayments can tolerate much higher heats compared to felt underlayments, and are much thinner and lighter in weight. 

  1. Solar powered air vents can be a huge benefit. They operate during the day, and it collects power from direct sunlight, converting it into electricity.

Solar powered air vents continuously work from sunrise to sunset, and it keeps the attic ventilated all day. They also prevent the attic from getting overheated, and these vents can actually lower your attic temperatures as much as 50 degrees! They are reliable, easy to install, and fairly easy to operate. This is a smart choice for homeowners who want the best balance of convenience and cost savings. [/cs_text][cs_text class=”cs-ta-left”][cs_text class=”cs-ta-left”][cs_text class=”cs-ta-left”][cs_text class=”cs-ta-left”][/cs_column][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/3″ style=”padding: 10px;”][x_widget_area sidebar=”sidebar-main” ][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section][/cs_content]