Why Attic Ventilation Is Important for Your Air Conditioner

Summer is quickly approaching, and using your air conditioner will soon be inevitable. So, how can you keep AC prices from soaring this summer season? Believe it or not, attic ventilation can play a significant role in the overall efficiency of your air conditioner.

An unventilated attic can be a big source of heat in your home, especially during the summer. Remember, heat rises, and hot air can get trapped in the attic. When this happens, it won’t be long before the heat radiates through the ceiling and infiltrates other areas of the house as well.

A well-ventilated attic will stay cool and, thus, keep the rest of your home cool as well. However, this ventilation doesn’t have to come from your home air conditioning system. As long as the area is staying cool, it doesn’t matter if it’s coming from an AC or another source. Two of the most common ways to keep attics ventilated are:

  1. Rooftop Fans: These are installed on the top of your roof, and are used to replace stagnant air with cool air.
  2. Gable Fans: There are installed as separate units on either side of the attic. One blows cool air into the area while the other blows hot air out.

Tips for Keeping Your Attic Cool

Keeping your home cool this summer starts with keeping your attic cool. Below, we list a few tips and tricks to help you do this as efficiently as possible.

  1. Seal the space between your attic and your living space. Why? Gaps or cracks in your ceiling could cause ventilated air to be sucked out of the house. When these areas have been appropriately sealed, you will not unnecessarily lose cool air. And when you’re not losing this air, your air conditioning won’t have to work as hard to cool down the house.
  2. Install a rooftop or gable fan. Not only will this keep your attic cooler, but it will also prevent moisture from accumulating in the area. Humidity in attics is a common problem, and when it starts to collect, the area can become infested with mold and / or mildew growth. Insulation and ventilation can help prevent this from occurring.
  3. Consider solar-powered fans. Rooftop and gable fans can both be powered by the sun, and doing so will help keep your power bills lower. Attic fans powered by solar will start automatically and will only run during the daylight hours when they’re needed. There’s virtually no work for you!

At Curtis Total Service, we’re here to help you keep your home cool this summer. Our Allentown HVAC technicians and plumbers have been serving communities throughout the area since 1988. Whether you’re a resident of Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton, or a nearby community, call us for help. We offer 24/7 emergency services for those who need it.