Intake and Exhaust Ventilation Must be Balanced
It's crucial to install both intake and exhaust vents in a balanced system to ensure proper attic ventilation. Without adequate exhaust, moisture buildup, mold growth, and damage to the roof and attic structure can occur. On the other hand, insufficient intake can cause a pressure imbalance in your attic causing treated air from your home's living space to be sucked out of your house through the exhaust vents. This can lead to higher energy bills and reduced comfort. Below we will explore the two main types of intake vents - soffit vents and roof-mounted intake vents - and discuss the importance of balancing intake and exhaust to maintain a healthy and efficient attic space.
Soffit Vents are Preferred in Most Situations
Soffit vents offer a discreet solution to attic ventilation needs. The beauty of soffit vents is that they blend in with the eaves of the roof, making them less noticeable than their roof-mounted counterparts. What's more, their location under the roof protects them from the elements, making them less susceptible to weather-related damage than roof-mounted vents. One potential issue with soffit vents is that they can become blocked with insulation or other debris overtime. It's worth noting that some building codes may not allow for soffit vents, or your home may have been designed without soffits, so soffit intake vents are not an option for everyone.
When Soffit Vents are not an Option, Roof Mounted Intake Vents are a Great Alternative
Roof-mounted intake vents are another option for proper attic ventilation. The SNOWVENTCO Intake Vent is an excellent choice because of its stainless steel filter, which blocks out rain, snow, and other elements while still allowing air to circulate freely. These vents can be installed near the base of the roof (minimum of 4 ft from eaves and 4 ft from gable) or anywhere else on the roof that requires extra ventilation. To protect against water damage, the SNOWVENTCO Intake Vent has a built-in water deflector designed to prevent water from flowing down the roof and overwhelming the vent. These vents will ensure adequate intake ventilation and should be considered if your home doesn’t have soffit vents or if they are susceptible to blocking.
The Importance of Balanced Intake and Exhaust Ventilation
Proper attic ventilation is crucial for maintaining a healthy and efficient home. By installing a balanced system of intake and exhaust ventilation, you can prevent moisture buildup, mold growth, and damage to the roof and attic structure. Soffit vents and roof-mounted intake vents, like the SNOWVENTCO Intake Vent, offer different options for achieving proper intake ventilation. However, regardless of the type of intake vent you choose, it's essential to ensure that the system is balanced to prevent energy loss and discomfort. Don't overlook the importance of proper attic ventilation in your home, and consider consulting with a professional if you're unsure about your home's current ventilation system.