The Benefits of Garage Roof Ventilation
- Eliminates odors and fumes - Garages can be home to everything from trash cans and deep freezers to paint and cleaning chemicals. These items create unpleasant and, in some cases, potentially dangerous odors and fumes. In an attached garage, fumes from paint, pesticides, chemicals and other toxins can seep into the house if not properly vented. A roof vent draws these fumes out of the garage and replaces them with fresh air, keeping the air at a healthy level.
- Prevent carbon monoxide build-up - Carbon monoxide is a colorless, tasteless, odorless gas produced by burning gasoline, propane, and other fuels. It is most commonly found in car exhaust, but it is also produced by lawnmowers, generators, and space heaters. Running any of these items inside a poorly ventilated garage - even briefly - can lead to a dangerous build-up of carbon monoxide. Since carbon monoxide is heavier than the air, it is a good idea to lift the garage door a few inches while carbon monoxide-producing items are in use. Combined with garage roof ventilation, this helps create an efficient air flow system that draws in fresh air and pushes the carbon monoxide out.
- Reduces heat - During summer, the temperatures inside a garage can soar to extreme levels. This extreme heat can not only damage chemicals and other items stored in your garage, it can radiate through common walls into the interior of your home, driving up cooling costs and putting a strain on your A/C system. Adding garage roof ventilation allows heat and humidity to escape, keeping both your garage and living spaces cooler and more comfortable.