Tag Archives: soffit

October 31, 2016

How Wind Washing Affects HVAC

Did you know that wind washing is likely the cause of that cold patch in your customer’s kitchen or that drafty area in their upstairs hall? Homeowners need to count on you – their HVAC professional – to know how to deal with these problems. Wind warnings have blown across North America this fall, prompting […]

Construction Methods, Rainscreen
June 17, 2016

Why HVAC installers love Cool Roofs

If you’ve ever worked on a roof during the summer you’ve probably noticed it can get pretty hot up there. In fact, standard roof coverings that are dark in color can easily reach 150°F/65°C in the hot sun, potentially causing damage to the roof and transferring heat to the building below. One way to reduce […]

Installer Tips, Technology Focus
November 27, 2015

Tips on Getting a House Ready for Winter

With winter on the way and temperatures dipping, it’s time to think about winterizing homes for the cold. First thing to do is take a walk around the house and inspect any wall caps and vents for damage and make sure dampers are not jammed open, particularly the flapper type. Check for any damage to roof […]

HVAC
July 20, 2015

What stops mold growth in a ventilated attic?

A recent study on attic ventilation found that extra airflow doesn’t guarantee less mold and fungus growing in the rafters. Really? Commissioned by the Homeowner Protection Office of BC Housing, the study was in response to “anecdotal observations” that a significant number of wood-framed buildings on the West Coast showed mold growth on the roof […]

Ventilation
April 22, 2015

How to Prevent pests entering your attic

It’s the time of year again when many animals are looking for a nice warm, dry spot to give birth and raise their young. Guess what – attics are one of the prime locations for rodents. Already, all kinds of pests have been looking for easy ways to get into an attic. During the summer […]

HVAC, Installer Tips
March 12, 2015

Tips for Running Ductwork Through the Attic

Ideally, in a passively vented system the attic is completely sealed from the living space by gypsum board and caulking along all ceiling joints creating an airtight seal. Venting an attic is essential for a number of reasons including: – It prevents moisture buildup that can cause mildew and rot in the attic framing and […]

Construction Methods, Ventilation
February 11, 2015

How to choose between a roof, soffit or wall vent

Arguably the most important part of a building is the roof. It must protect the residential or commercial structure from precipitation and temperature extremes. This makes most installers a little nervous – if not reluctant – to mess with the integrity of a building’s top surface by adding vents. Not only does every new hole […]

Construction Methods, Rainscreen, Ventilation