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How Does the Ventilation in My Attic Affect My Air Conditioning System?

Learn the tricks to a more efficient heating and air conditioning system.

Attic Ventilation

Heating and air conditioning are two of the biggest users of energy in your home. If you’re trying to save money on your utility bills, it can seem frustrating to try to manage their use and still stay comfortable. Taking a look at some other factors can help. One such thing is your attic ventilation.

Here’s how it factors in:

Ventilation from the Attic

If the ventilation in your attic is set up so it vents from the attic to the outside then it can actually help your air conditioning system perform more effectively and efficiently.

Most attics get incredibly hot in the summer. They’re right up under the roof where the sun beats all day, and all that heat collects in the space. If your attic is vented properly, those vents will allow the heat to rise up and out of the attic space.

Leaks between Rooms and the Attic

The only thing that might affect the way the heat moves out of the space is your insulation. If air from below the attic is vented into the attic space or if it can be pulled up through faulty insulation, ventilation from the attic out would also pull cooled air up and out from the rooms below. That just counters the work done by your A/C and sends expensive air out of your house.

The Temperature is Key

A great way to save money on your air conditioning costs is to lower the temperature in your attic to reduce the temperature differential. Proper ventilation will do this. As long as your attic cools down without taking air conditioned air with it, your attic ventilation is nothing but a bonus.

If you’re trying to save money on energy bills but aren’t sure if your attic ventilation is helping or hurting, you could use the advice of an expert. Contact the expert techs at H.H. Hovey for help with anything related to your heating and air conditioning system.

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