Fairer skies and hotter temperatures usher the arrival of summer. In Des Moines, the heat come super sunny season can get really bad with temperatures reaching 90 degrees, and on occasion, it could hit as high as 100 degrees. The blazing heat notwithstanding, there’s another thing that we have to contend with – the mounting electric bills.
Yes, it’s a rather distressing that with soaring temperatures come higher electric bills. For those of us with air conditioning at home, there is some relief from the summer heat. But that comfort comes at a steep cost. The cost of electricity is getting higher and higher every year, due in part to the reliance on non-renewable energy sources like oil and coal. Fortunately, there is a solution to our energy consumption woes.
According to Rafter Tales – an online depository of home improvement tips, keeping the attic cool, especially on hotter days, contributes to the overall energy efficiency of your home and has other long-term benefits as well:
Benefits of Improved Attic Ventilation
Today’s attic fans have water-proof flashing that meshes integrally with the roof shingles. Drawing less than 300 Watts each, these attic cooling fans offer several key benefits:
- Can reduce upper floor room temperatures by 10 degrees on a hot day
- Can lengthen the life of roofing materials and major home components
- Can save up to 30 percent on home air-conditioning costs
- Optional humidistat reduces moisture and keeps your attic dry during the winter
For expert attic insulation service, consult Tedrick’s Roofing, also the trusted professional contractor for small commercial and residential roofing in Des Moines. They install blown-in insulation, which effectively fill all gaps and provides insulating properties that are considered far superior compared to commonly-used fiberglass rolls.
As a dependable Des Moines roofing company and a certified green roofer, Tedrick’s Roofing also installs solar-powered attic fans – the Solar Blaster™, an attic ventilation solution, which actively pulls moisture from your attic space, reducing the build up of heat and moisture. This innovation eliminates the need for electrical support, so get the best of both worlds: comfort and energy-efficiency.
(Article Excerpt from Benefits of Attic Fans & Ventilation, raftertales.com)