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Attic Ventilation Vital for Conserving Energy in Your Home

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) combined efforts to form the Energy Star program, which is designed to help Americans save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices. Making your home as energy efficient as possible is important, as is choosing the right Houston home insurance policies for your property’s financial protection.

Temperatures can reach 100 degrees F or more in Houston during the summer. Natural attic ventilation, as well as a correctly installed attic fan, may help you cool your home in the most energy efficient way possible during the hot summer months. The Energy Star Program advises homeowners to make sure attic soffit vents remain unblocked as natural air flow in the attic may help move hot air out, taking with it moisture and protecting roof shingles.

The purpose of an attic fan, according to the Energy Star Program, is to cool hot attics by drawing in cooler outside air through the attic soffit vents while pushing hot air to the outside. This is another reason it is vital that soffit vents remain unblocked. An incorrectly functioning attic fan may actually use more energy by sucking out your home’s air conditioned air, thus causing your air conditioner to run longer. It is crucial that you have proper ventilation in your attic as well as an attic fan that works correctly. Equally important is the Houston home insurance policies you select. Your agent may help you make the best choices for your home and family.*

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