The attic of a home for most of the United States can be a dreadful place to visit in the summer for homeowners. Depending on the geographical area, attics in the summer are stereotypically scorching and feel hotter than the Arizona desert. If the right measures are taken, attics don’t have to be extremely hot in the summer.
First, you’ll need to advise homeowners never to cover attic soffits with insulation. By covering the soffits with insulation, you’ll restrict the flow of air in the attic resulting in temperature increase.
Secondly, help your customers that are in an existing home to install baffles in the attic. Baffles or vent chutes allow for air to flow into and out of the attic as well prevent any insulation from covering the soffits. Accuvent is a relatively new type of baffle that many contractors are using in attics because of its ability to not absorb moisture eliminating the threat of mold and its uncanny flexibility.
Lastly, an attic ventilation fan is essential to help control the heat within an attic during the summer months. An attic ventilation fan will push the hot air out of the attic and help bring the cooler air from outside in. This will help jumpstart airflow throughout the space and reduce the high temperatures.
Helping your customers reduce the temperature in their attic will result in lower energy bills, increased life of roofing materials and an overall increase their comfort in the home.