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Attic ventilation is critical to efficient home heating cooling, and improper attic ventilation can lead to structural problems and even mold.
In this section, learn about proper attic ventilation, and get tips for improving attics for better energy efficiency. Find out how attic ventilation can affect your home's structure as well as its indoor climate.
For effective attic ventilation, learn why continuous soffit and ridge vents are essential for keeping your attic ventilated 24/7. Using an attic fan for attic ventilation is not a good idea in a central air conditioned house, as the attic fan will suck the hot air and the cooled air out of the house. Effective attic ventilation means air must be able to enter at the soffit and exit at the ridge vent.
Dear Tom and Leslie:
I've heard you say many times that using an attic fan sucks cooled air right out of the house and that it's better to rely on soffit and ridge vents. Is that still true if you ONLY have soffit vents? We don't have ridge vents and my husband reminds me how we fight with the extreme heat on the second floor of our home.
Also, is it still better to shut off the attic fan with just the soffit vents providing attic ventilation and just count on the A/C now, or do you have another suggestion to help with our attic ventilation?