Ridge vent or wind turbines?


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Michael

Hello,
My house has not attic ventilation other that the 2 gable vents.

I know I need to add eave vents but would like ya'lls opinion on ridge vents
versus wind turbines.

I have heard the pros and con from friends and family about ridge vents and
wind turbines.
ie, if it is storming badly, ridge vents can let water in.
wind turbines don't last, noisy, etc .....
etc ....

I live in Arlington, Texas. If this make a difference.

TIA.

Michael
 
H

hallerb

Hello,
My house has not attic ventilation other that the 2 gable vents.

I know I need to add eave vents but would like ya'lls opinion on ridge vents
versus wind turbines.

I have heard the pros and con from friends and family about ridge vents and
wind turbines.
ie, if it is storming badly, ridge vents can let water in.
wind turbines don't last, noisy, etc .....
etc ....

I live in Arlington, Texas. �If this make a difference.

TIA.

Michael
ridge vents require no maintence, make no noise, i have never had
water get in,

my only problem was a family of dedicated birds who having nested in
the attic previously ripped at the ridge vent to get in. i solved that
the following year by removing the vent and adding hardware cloth over
the openings, put ridge vent back. birds were highly frustrated. i put
uup a couple bird houses as compensation

theres no reason you cant have ridge vent, and add a couple power
vents for severe weather
 
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Doug Lassiter

Hello,
My house has not attic ventilation other that the 2 gable vents.

I know I need to add eave vents but would like ya'lls opinion on ridge vents
versus wind turbines.
I actually have both (as well as gable vents), also in TX. Turbines
have been on my house at least since I've been in it (about 20 years).
I put in the ridge vents a few years ago. Like the other posters, I
see no evidence of water coming in the latter. No evidence for
dampness in attic, etc.

With three turbines up there in these 20 years, I think I've had to
replace one. It just got stuck. The bearing failed. No noise out of
any of them. I'm under a lot of oak trees, so they stay mostly in the
shade, but they get bonked now and then by a falling branch. Noise has
never been an issue in any of mine or, as far as I've been able to
hear, for the fiftyish wind turbines on my block.
 
R

ransley

Hello,
My house has not attic ventilation other that the 2 gable vents.

I know I need to add eave vents but would like ya'lls opinion on ridge vents
versus wind turbines.

I have heard the pros and con from friends and family about ridge vents and
wind turbines.
ie, if it is storming badly, ridge vents can let water in.
wind turbines don't last, noisy, etc .....
etc ....

I live in Arlington, Texas.  If this make a difference.

TIA.

Michael
You say you need more venting, you only"need" more venting if mold is
growing in the attic. Gable vents move alot of air, a few static vent
near the top will be cheapest and release alot of heat.
 
J

Joe

Hello,
My house has not attic ventilation other that the 2 gable vents.

I know I need to add eave vents but would like ya'lls opinion on ridge vents
versus wind turbines.

I have heard the pros and con from friends and family about ridge vents and
wind turbines.
ie, if it is storming badly, ridge vents can let water in.
wind turbines don't last, noisy, etc .....
etc ....
Turbines are a feel-good thing like hanging strings on vent openings
so you can see if air movement is occurring. They move slightly less
air than an equivalent size open hole in the roof (think Laws of
Physics). Some folks like the industrial look, so if that's your
preference, go for it. Soffit vents and ridge vents are the modern way
to evacuate hot air, and you can't have one without the other.
Manufacturers of the products have guide lines for soffit openings
required for ridge vent effectiveness. HTH

Joe
 
D

David Nebenzahl

Turbines are a feel-good thing like hanging strings on vent openings
so you can see if air movement is occurring. They move slightly less
air than an equivalent size open hole in the roof (think Laws of
Physics). Some folks like the industrial look, so if that's your
preference, go for it. Soffit vents and ridge vents are the modern
way to evacuate hot air, and you can't have one without the other.
Sorry, but I gotta dispute your assertion there (that turbines move
"slightly less air than an equivalent size open hole in the roof").
Where do you get that? Just from personal experience (having had a roof
turbine in my last place) I can say that they move quite a bit *more*
air than a hole in the roof (but, of course, only when the wind is blowing).
 
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hallerb

You say you need more venting, you only"need" more venting if mold is
growing in the attic. Gable vents move alot of air, a few static vent
near the top will be cheapest and release alot of heat.-

WRONG, venting isnt just to prevent mold its primarily to decrease
attic temperatures which add AC costs, and decrease roof life
 
G

Guest

Michael said:
Hello,
My house has not attic ventilation other that the 2 gable vents.

I know I need to add eave vents but would like ya'lls opinion on ridge vents
versus wind turbines.

I have heard the pros and con from friends and family about ridge vents and
wind turbines.
ie, if it is storming badly, ridge vents can let water in.
wind turbines don't last, noisy, etc .....
etc ....

I live in Arlington, Texas. If this make a difference.
I think ridge vents were invented in Texas. Ridge vents move more air
than turbines, provided they have side fins, like the one at the upper
right on this page:

www.airvent.com/homeowner/products/ridgeVents.shtml

Notice the diagram shows air being pulled out from the attic,
regardless of the wind direction. The side fins also keep out rain.
You'll want any gable vents blocked off, to prevent short-circuiting
of the air flow, and soffit vents installed (soffit vents are highly
desirable regardless of the type of ventilation used).
 
R

ransley

WRONG, venting isnt just to prevent mold its primarily to decrease
attic temperatures which add AC costs, and decrease roof life
That doesnt mean he needs it does it, large gables move 10x as much
air as vents.
 
H

hallerb

That doesnt mean he needs it does it, large gables move 10x as much
air as vents.
theoritically theres never enough ventilation, esically in hot
areas.....
 
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Dottie

theoritically theres never enough ventilation, esically in hot
areas.....


I am in FL. Last year I got a new roof. I previously had a tile roof
with gable vents at each end of the house. The new roof is
shingle...made by GAF - and it included a Cobra ridge vent. They
covered the vents at each end of the house - the small print on the
GAF literature recommends it. (I was glad to have it done because
some of my neighbors have had problems with citrus rats getting in the
attic and those vents were the only way in that we could see). I've
just compared my electric bill with my last year's bill - and we used
fewer kilowatts. So it hasn't made the attic that much hotter ... as
far as I know mold/mildew hasn't started growing. You'll hear about
it if it does.
 

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