The attic sits at the top of the house and most times you don’t think twice about it. But ignoring heat buildup in your attic could be contributing to discomfort in your home. If your HVAC system is working great but your home feels stuffy or humid during New Orleans’ hot months, you should look into getting your attic ventilated.

Attic Heat Moves Throughout the House

You may think that, since nobody really goes in the attic, it’s okay to have hot air build up in there. After all, if the rest of your home has AC, the hot air should just stay up there, right? But that’s not true at all. Any air leaks between your attic and the rest of your home will cause the attic heat to move into your house. You might only see it as having to turn up the AC a few degrees, or you may feel hotter and stuffier no matter what you do.

You Might Stress your HVAC System

When the attic heat moves into the rest of your home, you have to turn up the AC to combat it. When you live in New Orleans, your HVAC system is already working hard to keep your space cool. Stressing it out more means it’ll wear out faster and need more maintenance.

Mold Will Start to Grow

The heat trapped in your attic can cause condensation, which means humidity, which means mold. Mold growth in your home is problematic for a number of reasons, including structural and roof damage, and indoor air quality problems. The way to keep the air in your attic cooler and less humid is to ensure the attic is properly ventilated.

Don’t let a hot, humid attic cause bigger problems for your home and your family’s comfort. Ventilation might just be the key to a cooler home. Get your questions answered and see if your attic needs ventilation by calling Byrans United Air Conditioning at (504) 208-2071.

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