Attic fans are intended to cool hot attics by drawing in cooler outside air from attic vents (soffit and gable) and pushing hot air to the outside. However, if your attic has blocked soffit vents and is not well-sealed from the rest of the house, attic fans will suck cool conditioned air up out of the house and into the attic. This will use more energy and make your air conditioner work harder, which will increase your summer utility bill.
You don’t want your unfinished attic cooled by your air conditioner. To prevent this, make sure that the attic is insulated properly and that it is well-ventilated using passive vents and natural air flow. For more information on how to make sure your fan is working properly, follow the link below.
All of the information from this blog was taken from the Energy star website
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by: Kirsten Land on August 15th, 2011 about Roofing Advice
At first it may seem odd to add insulation for warmth and then purposely allow cold air to enter the attic through vents, but this combination is the key to a durable and energy-efficient home. Here’s why: in the winter, allowing a natural flow of outdoor air to ventilate the attic helps keep it cold, which reduces the potential for ice damming (snow that melts off a roof from an attic that is too warm and then re-freezes at the gutters, causing an ice dam that can damage the roof). Proper insulation and air sealing also keeps attics cold in winter by blocking the entry of heat and moist air from below. In the summer, natural air flow in a well-vented attic moves super-heated air out of the attic, protecting roof shingles and removing moisture. The insulation will resist heat transfer into the house.
The most common mistake homeowners make when installing insulation is to block the flow of air at the eaves. NEVER COVER ATTIC SOFFIT VENTS WITH INSULATION - use rafter vents and soffit vents to maintain airflow.
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Brian Land, owner of Land Enterprises Roofing was interviewed by OKC Fox 25 news this morning regarding the roof damage to Waterloo Baptist Church during last night’s storm. Brian was driving to our office when he noticed the destruction and tv crews interviewing Pastor Griff Henderson this morning. While we are not official members of Waterloo we feel like honorary members because our children attend Mother’s Day Out twice a week and our family attends classes on Wednesday nights. While inspecting the damage Brian noted that he could see pews in the sanctuary through the roof. He was able to get our crews out to the church a short while later for an emergency repair.
With damage where you can see inside the property you can’t waste anytime in having it repaired. In the event of additional rain, the inside of the church could have been easily damaged too. To minimize the injury it was necessary to act quickly. It was just great timing that Brian happened to be driving by and could help out.
If you received damage from any of the recent wind storms make sure you have a professional inspect your home. Even the smallest amount left unattended can lead to a leak later on. Protecting your home from exterior and interior damage is important for the safety of your family as well as your investment. If you need a free roof inspection, call Staci at our office; (405) 359-3951.
You can see Brian’s interview tonight at 9pm on OKC Fox 25 news.
As we all know this has been an extremely hot summer with hardly any rain. As a result, most of the counties in Oklahoma have had to ration their water. This also means that many homes and properties are at great risk from wild fires. Did you know that keeping your gutters and valleys free from debris will lesson your fire risk? Having dead leaves and sticks accumulate on your roof and gutters is a serious fire risk. All it takes is one spark and your precious home is in danger.
Our project manager, Todd Davis, saw it happen while he was helping fight wild fires in Harrah. The homeowners were dousing their homes and yards with water when one of the homes had a spark land on a pile of dead leaves and pine needles that had accumulated in their gutter and valley. The spark caught the pile on fire and consequently caught the eave on fire, then the house. Todd said that flying embers ignite debris quicker than shingles, had the debris not been there they may have had more of a chance to protect their home from this disaster. Keeping your roof and gutters free from debris also protects the shingles from unnecessary damage that may shorten the lifespan of your roof and is not covered by your insurance.
At Land Enterprises Roofing we inspect many roofs every year that have premature wear and tear due to tree branches and debris accumulating in the valleys of the roof and gutters. This is why we created a roof maintenance program for residential homes. We know many homeowners do not have the time or the desire to climb a ladder to perform these kinds of chores. If you are interested in learning more about this program or would like a free roof inspection check our website; www.landroofingokc.com or call our office at 359-3951 today.