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Dormer Vents

Dormers are often used to expand attic living space while providing added natural lighting.
They do, however, serve a more practical purpose as well. While dormer
windows allow light and air flow for living spaces, dormer vents are
much cheaper and provide attic air flow as well. Vents are best suited to attics that will not be used as living space.

Regardless
of how it’s used, an attic needs ventilation. Even if a dormer is
simply used for extra storage space, it provides an excellent
opportunity for ventilation as well. Dormer vents need not be eyesores
either. They are usually made of vinyl or wood and come in a variety of
shapes and styles.

Dormer vents should not replace all other venting in your attic.
You need venting as close to the ridge or peak of your roofline is
possible. Dormers are usually much lower than that. However, combined
with ridge or other vents, dormer vents provide a valuable avenue for
cooler air to flow into the attic and can have a considerable effect on
the life of your HVAC system and your energy costs.

Even if your attic is used more for storage than living, it’s still extremely important to make sure that it’s properly ventilated. Dormer vents, when combined with other forms of ventilation, will not only prolong the life of your HVAC system, but also keep your energy costs in check. Here’s what you need to know about dormer vents.

Costs

Dormer vents are a very cost-effective form of attic ventilation, ringing in as low as $25. However, high-end copper dormer vents can cost as much as $450 for homeowners that are willing to invest in their quality. Get a price quote from a licensed HVAC installer for more specific cost info.

Pros

Dormer vents are cheaper than dormer windows.

They provide attic airflow.

Dormer vents can have a considerable effect on the life of your HVAC system and your energy costs.

Cons

Dormer vents cannot act as a replacement for all other ventilation in your attic.

Vents are best suited to attics that will not be used as an additional living space.

Maintenance

You may need periodic maintenance on your dormer vent, but in generally, they are fairly low-maintenance solutions to increased attic ventilation and lower energy costs.

Common Questions and Answers

Why can’t dormer vents be used as an attic’s only form of ventilation?

You need venting as close to the ridge or peek of your roofline as possible. Dormers are usually much lower than that, and should therefore be combined with ridge or other vents.

Do dorm all vents come in the same shape and size?

No, they come in several different shapes and sizes. They offer choices like, square-back and pointed-back, and can be constructed in a variety of materials from wood to copper.



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