Cooling your attic, whether you use it or not, matters. When overheated, this space can make the downstairs room warmer, toast the roof above and cause moisture-related problems, such as rot and mold growth.
Since it is about to get extra hot this summer, it is time to pay more attention to this often neglected home area. Experienced solar energy companies like ARRES Solar Myrtle Beach consider the following ways to make an attic naturally cool during the hottest months:
Install a Cool Roof
Much of the attic heat comes from the sun, the ultimate source of infrared light. Having a cool roof above your head can make the summer heat more bearable.
A cool roofing system has exceptional thermal properties. Unlike ordinary roofs, they reflect a significant amount o sunlight and reemit a portion of the little energy they absorb. In other words, only a fraction of the infrared radiation makes it into an attic when the roof covering is cool.
Observe Proper Ventilation
Lack ventilation is the consequence of modern airtight house construction. An attic needs a balanced ventilation system to exhale excessive heat and inhale fresh drafts to cool itself. It can be done both naturally and mechanically.
Add Adequate Insulation
Attic ventilation and insulation go hand in hand. The latter helps not only reduce heat transfer, but also seal the gaps the air uses to go from one place to another.
There are many insulation products on the market, but the blown-in kind is perhaps the most popular. It is fast to install and suitable for wall cavities, and comes in varieties greener than other insulation solutions.
Invest in Reflective Solar Panels
Solar panels do not just produce clean electricity; they also send the sun’s infrared light back to the sky. A thorough solar energy evaluation can reveal the feasibility of their installation in your rooftop.
Talk to ARRES Solar Myrtle Beach to moderate the temperature of attic this summer. Call us at (843) 492-7505 today to schedule your free consultation at your most convenient time.