Dealing with Asbestos in Older Homes

Solar powered attic ventilator mounted on roof.

Building materials used in older homes—including roofing, flooring, and insulation—can contain asbestos. Proper attic ventilation, such as installing a Broan Solar Powered Attic Ventilator, can help reduce pollutants in your home.

Watch this video to find out more.


Danny Lipford: The year a home was built does correlate to incidence rates of asbestos; and it can be found in many different materials from roofing, flooring, and insulation to ceilings, walls, pipes, and heating equipment.

The three guiding principles for dealing with pollutants to improve indoor air quality are eliminate, separate and ventilate; so there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution. Consider everything, from the climate you live in to the build of your home when you’re deciding what’s right for your home and lifestyle.

Fortunately, there are a number of ways to combat pollutants, like asbestos, including proper attic ventilation. Newer homes include standard attic ventilation but older homes do not, so something like the Broan Solar Powered Attic Ventilator is a great solution because it uses energy from the sun to operate and requires no additional electricity. Since it operates without fuel, waste, or pollution; it earns points towards green building.

By removing heat and moisture from the attic throughout the year, these ventilators also preserve the structural integrity your roof. When moisture in the attic condenses on wood framing it can lead to wood rot which compromises the structure.

Condensed moisture on insulation reduces its effectiveness and can cultivate mold or mildew, causing stains or crumbled ceilings. Proper attic ventilation helps reduce moisture buildup and combat harmful pollutants like asbestos.


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