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Question DetailsAsked on 8/1/2015

we have soffit vents in five year old home we are buying but it is extremely hot in attic on hot humid days of 94 d

The inspector of the home told us it vents itself through continuous soffits but we are concerned about the attic heat

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For superior attic ventilation air must have an entrance and exit that is higher. Hot air rises hence the higher exit point, A continious ridge vent is the perfect storm of being passive (meaning not consuming energy) and available 24 hours a day. If you can get matching shingles it can be retrofited by any roofer (see Angie's List ). If you do not have a significant ridge (I have seen homes with huge footprint and 15' of ridge) A power vent or solar powered vent is an option. Attic ventilation is a bigger energy need in winter than summer. Moisture that exfiltrates from the home below if not allowed to escape will cause damage and reduce your insulations effectiveness.

Jim Casper old Energy Conservation Guru

ps for ideas on gutters and covers see my blogs


Answered 5 years ago by jccasper

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