Once there were three attic vents; the gable vent, the ridge vent and the soffit vent. All three vents worked hard to move air through the attic. Each vent had its very specific place and job to perform.
Of the three vents Gable vent was probably the oldest and most experienced. Gable vents are found on many, many homes.
Soffit vent has been around a while as well, but did not work very well with Gable vent. Soffit vent found an ideal companion in ridge vent.
Ridge vent partner with soffit vent are a team that's hard to beat. They can vent an attic like no bodies business. They're a very efficient pair.
Ridge vent and soffit vent are an exclusive item. You might say they're married. They do not work well with any one else, especially gable vent.
Gable vent when put into an attic with soffit and ridge vent just mucks up the venting works. Air gets sucked in through gable vent choking off soffit vents air flow. Now soffit vent can hardly pull air into the attic. The marriage is stressed!
But you can't blame gable vent. A gable vents gonna do what a gable vents gonna do when it's installed in a gable. You see its big builder who decides which vents go into a new house. Unfortunately sometimes big builder isn't sensitive to ridge and soffit vents strong and exclusive working relationship. Big builder will go and install gable vent in an attic when ridge and soffit vent are already there doing the venting duties.
You see big builder has been building houses for so long sometimes he misses out on building news. Being busy he may have missed the news item about ridge and soffit vents exclusive relationship.
Not to worry. Gable vent can stay, but his opening will be permanently sealed. He does look handsome sitting on the side of the home. Now ridge and soffit vent can do their jobs as efficiently as possible without gable vent getting between the pair.
The moral of the story; Read your installation instructions or attend an installation seminar so you don't get in between a good relationship.
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