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Air VentAugust 19, 2021

Video: Be Mindful of the Limitations of Wind Turbines


Limitation Alert. There are times to use wind turbines for attic exhaust ventilation because other options are not practical or possible. But homeowners should be aware of the cosmetic and airflow limitations that come with wind turbines.

Where there’s space between wind turbines the air does not move very well, if at all (this is the same concern with box vents explained in an earlier video). Additionally, many homeowners say wind turbines are not very attractive.


Related resources:

PDF What Homeowners Should Know about Attic Ventilation

 PDF Benefits of Ridge Vents on Your Roof

 

 

 

Air VentJune 3, 2021

Video: Working with the Homeowner Who Questions the Need for Balanced Attic Ventilation


Roofer and Homeowner Meeting. Just because the attic previously never had proper ventilation is not a reason to continue to ignore it. Besides, it’s possible the conditions inside the attic and living space have changed since the house was purchased – further increasing the need to revisit the attic ventilation.


Related resources:

Listen to the Podcast: Episode 7 - What Homeowners Should Know about Attic Ventilation

PDF Homeowner Alert – Dear Homeowner: Your Roofer Has Something to Tell You

 

 

 

Air VentMay 6, 2021

Video: Be Aware of the Airflow Limitations of Roof Louvers/Box Vents


Exhaust airflow limitation alert! Because box vents (also called roof louvers, can vents, pot vents, static vents) are installed spaced apart near the peak of the roof, they leave pockets of attic that will NOT receive the benefits of airflow. If you’re 100% sure your roof is not better suited for the continuous, non-stop exhaust airflow provided by ridge vents, be mindful of the limitations of box vents.


Related resources:

 PDF Benefits of Ridge Vents on Your Roof

 

 

 

Air VentApril 15, 2021

Video: The Installation Instructions Read “Do Not Mix Attic Exhaust Vent Types”


Mixing different types of attic exhaust vents is the 2nd most common mistake across North America. Homeowners should not ask roofing contractors to do it, nor should they allow it to happen to their roofs. NEVER combine ridge vents, wind turbines, box vents, gable louvers or power fans on the same roof above a common, shared attic. It short-circuits the system causing inefficient airflow and potential weather infiltration.


Related resources:

 PDF Fact or Fiction: Mixing Exhaust Vent Types is Problematic

Listen to the Podcast: Episode 4 - 2nd Most Common Attic Ventilation Mistake

 

 

 

Air VentMarch 25, 2021

Video: Don’t Settle for an Eyesore on Your Roof Created by Box Vents


You can have curbside appeal on your roof. Having multiple individual box vents on your roof to exhaust your attic can create a visual eyesore unnecessarily. Ask your roofing contractor: “Is my roof a candidate for better looking, better performing ridge vents?”


Related resources:

 PDF ShingleVent II Success Stories (See how good ridge vents look on your roof)

 

 

 

Air VentFebruary 11, 2021

Video: Ridge Vents are the Optimum Exhaust Vents for your Roof. That’s Why Your Contractor is Recommending them.


Believe your roofing contractor. Of all the categories of attic exhaust vents (wind turbines, box vents, gable louvers, power fans and ridge vents), ridge vents are the best choice if your roof has a generous horizontal ridge line. With matching shingles installed on top, they blend in beautifully with your roof. And because they are installed continuously along the peak of your roof, they are the only vent to deliver non-stop exhaust airflow.


Related resources:

Listen to the Podcast: Episode 7 - What Homeowners Should Know about Attic Ventilation

 PDF Benefits of Ridge Vents on Your Roof

 

 

 

Air VentJanuary 21, 2021

Video: Increased Airflow in the Attic Helps the AC and Heater


Choosing the optimum amount of attic ventilation pays off. If the roofing contractor recommends a 1/150 airflow ratio in your attic (1 square foot of net free area for every 150 square feet of attic floor space), go with it. In this video from our annual Ask the Expert Seminars, Paul Scelsi shares research documenting the seasonal dollars saved running the air conditioner and heater.


 

 

 

Air VentDecember 10, 2020

Video: Without a Humidistat Feature Power Attic Fans WILL NOT Fight Moisture


We generate 2-4 gallons of water vapor daily as occupants of the house. If your power attic fan does not have a humidistat feature, it will not help to fight this potentially damaging moisture. In this video from our annual Ask the Expert Seminars, Paul Scelsi explains how, without a humidistat, the only time the fan will be triggered to turn on is based on heat buildup inside the attic – in effect giving you only partial attic ventilation benefits.


Related resources:

 PDF Air Vent’s Power Fans Brochure

 PDF Attic Ventilation is NOT Just a Summertime Concern

 

 

 

Air VentNovember 12, 2020

Video: Homeowner Says the Contractor’s Price is Too Expensive


But is the price really too expensive, homeowner? Does each estimate you’re reviewing include balanced attic ventilation with INTAKE and EXHAUST vents? In this video from our annual Ask the Expert Seminars, Paul Scelsi explains that it’s unfair to compare pricing without confirming they are in fact apples to apples in scope of work detail.


Related resources:

Listen to the Podcast: Episode 6 - Roofers Vent About Homeowners

 PDF Dear Homeowner, Your Roofer Has Something to Tell You

 

 

 

Air VentNovember 5, 2020

Video: How Does Proper Attic Ventilation Protect My Roof?

Video courtesy of Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA)


Is your attic properly vented? Every house has a roof but is every roof properly vented to help prevent roof deterioration or roofing system failure? In this video from the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association, key points of emphasis are highlighted to discuss with your roofing contractor before you buy your next roof.


 

 

 

Air VentOctober 15, 2020

Video: A Word of Caution About Vented Soffit


Use fully vented soffit. To maximize the intake airflow into the attic, use fully vented soffit. In this video from our annual Ask the Expert Seminars, Paul Scelsi explains that unless it’s fully vented soffit, the vent may not be providing enough intake airflow. Vented soffit panels are also discussed in our podcast with Pond Roofing Company.

 

Related resource:

Listen to the Podcast: Episode 5 - Costly Lesson Learned After Skipping Attic Inspection


 

 

 

Air VentSeptember 17, 2020

Video: Do You Know Where Your Bathroom Fan Ductwork Terminates?


Avoid moisture overload in your attic. Bathroom fan ductwork that terminates either in the attic or out to the soffit near the intake vents can be a source of damaging moisture buildup. In this video from our annual Ask the Expert Seminars, Paul Scelsi explains a better destination for the ductwork.


 

 

 

Air VentSeptember 3, 2020

Video: No Need to Hire an Electrician with Solar Power Fans


There are zero electrical costs when you go solar with your attic fans. In this video from our annual Ask the Expert Seminars, Paul Scelsi explains how the sun powers roof-mount and gable-mount fans, not electricity.


 

 

 

Air VentAugust 20, 2020

Video: This High Efficiency Fan Adjusts to the Conditions in the Attic


An on board computer chip and variable speed motor make the HE15 attic exhaust fan high efficiency. In this video from our annual Ask the Expert Seminars, Paul Scelsi shares the energy savings – in dollars – homeowners can look forward to compared to traditional attic exhaust fans.


 PDF Download: High Efficiency Roof Mount Vent

 

 

 

Air VentJuly 23, 2020

Video: Homeowners: Don’t wait to be offered Ridge Vents. Ask for them.


How superior are ridge vents compared to all other types of attic exhaust vents? In this video from our annual Ask the Expert Seminars, Paul Scelsi encourages roofing contractors to always offer them to homeowners if the roof has a generous length of horizontal peak and/or diagonal hips.


 PDF Download: ShingleVent II Ridge Vent

 

 

 

Air VentJuly 9, 2020

Video: Homeowner Asks Why No Other Contractors Talk Attic Ventilation but YOU


A common pushback from homeowners heard by roofing contractors is this: “Why are you the only roofing contractor I’ve talked to bringing up attic ventilation? Why don’t the others?” In this video from our annual Ask the Expert Seminars, Paul Scelsi explains how to turn that into a positive dialogue.


 PDF Download: Dear Homeowner, Your Roofer Has Something to Tell You for more information.

 

 

 

Air VentJune 25, 2020

Video: Does the Homeowner Understand Scope of Work Differences


When comparing roofing estimates, does the homeowner understand the scope of work differences? In this video from our annual Ask the Expert Seminars, Paul Scelsi explains why it is unfair to your roof and to the contractor to say the price is too high without first understanding the details of the project.


 PDF Download: Dear Homeowner, Your Roofer Has Something to Tell You for more information.

 

 

 

Air VentJune 4, 2020

Video: Insurance will Only Pay for the Vents in Place Pre-Storm


Don’t accept payment for an inferior roof. In this video from our annual Ask the Expert Seminars, Paul Scelsi explains why it is important to ask insurance companies to pay to bring attic ventilation up to code.


For additional information, check out our industry resources below on how roofing contractors can help homeowners with insurance and attic ventilation upgrades.

 PDF Download: After the Storm

 PDF Download: Attic Airflow is a Roof's "Insurance Policy"

 

 

 

Air VentMay 20, 2020

Video: Homeowner's Insurance Wants to Reuse Vents


When reroofing, always replace the attic exhaust vents. In this video from our annual Ask the Expert Seminars, Paul Scelsi explains the importance of not allowing insurance companies to force the homeowners to reuse vents during reroofing projects.

For additional information, read “After the Storm” – our industry article on how roofing contractors can help homeowners with insurance and attic ventilation upgrades.


 PDF Download: After the Storm

 

 

 

Air VentApril 29, 2020

Video: Ridge Vents Should Be Installed End-to-End


Don’t defeat the single best cosmetic advantage Ridge Vents offer vs. other attic exhaust vents on your roof. In this video from our annual Ask the Expert Seminars, Paul Scelsi explains the benefits of avoiding broken rooflines with continuous, end-to-end Ridge Vents.


 

 

 

Air VentApril 22, 2020

Video: Don’t Forget About Curbside Appeal, Homeowner


What do you want when you look at your house for the next 10 to 15 years? In this video from our annual Ask the Expert Seminars, Paul Scelsi explains the often overlooked benefit of the streamlined look of Ridge Vent vs traditional box and turbine ventilation systems—curb appeal.


 

Air VentApril 15, 2020

Video: Ridge Vents with External Baffles are Best


How do external wind baffles affect ridge ventilation? In this video from our annual Ask the Expert Seminars, Paul Scelsi explains how external wind baffles can improve the overall performance of attic Ridge Vents.


 

Air VentApril 8, 2020

Video: Of the 5 Types of Attic Exhaust Vents, Ridge Vents are #1


Why are Ridge Vents the #1 option? In this video from our annual Ask the Expert Seminars, Paul Scelsi explains why Ridge Vents are the optimum exhaust vent for continuous airflow compared to other ventilation alternatives.


 

Air VentApril 1, 2020

Video: Your Choice Homeowner: Ridge Vent or a BUNCH of Other Vent Types


Better performance. Better appearance. In this video from our annual Ask the Expert Seminars, Paul Scelsi explains just how many wind turbines or box vents it would take to match the performance of end-to-end Ridge Ventilation.


 

Air VentMarch 26, 2020

Video: #1 Problem Across North America = Lack of Intake Ventilation in the Attic


What is the #1 ventilation mistake in North America? In this video from our annual Ask the Expert Seminars, Paul Scelsi explains how intake ventilation is the leading cause of call-backs from roofing contractors.


 

 

Air VentJanuary 2, 2020

Video: Do Not Put a Bag Over the Wind Turbine Ever...Including the Winter


Mistakes to Avoid: In this clip from the Air Vent Ask the Expert Seminars, Paul Scelsi explains why covering a wind turbine is never a good idea for the homeowner…even in the Winter.


 

 

Air VentDecember 5, 2019

Video: Attic Ventilation Must Include Balanced Intake and Exhaust


Balanced attic airflow is best. In this clip from the Air Vent Ask the Expert Seminars, Paul Scelsi explains that in order for the attic ventilation system to perform properly it must be balanced with intake and exhaust vents.


 

 

Air VentNovember 15, 2019

Video: Never mix two different types of attic exhaust vents above a common attic


Don't mix ventilation types! In this clip from the Air Vent Ask the Expert Seminars, Paul Scelsi details why combining two different types of attic exhaust vents is problematic and should always be avoided.




 

Air VentNovember 1, 2019

Video: Why Homeowners Should Vent the Attics Under Their Roofs


Why ventilate the attic? In this clip from the Air Vent Ask the Expert Seminars, Paul Scelsi details the effects of heat and moisture build-up in your home's attic.


 

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