Soffit Vents, How to Install These Vents The Proper Way

soffit ventWhat are soffit vents and why are they important to air ventilation? Simply put, attic ventilation is achieved via the soffit vents. Soffit vents keep the house at a comfortable temperature during the summer months and keep the moisture and overbuilding of warm air in cold climates. If you’re looking at have the proper balance air flow in your house, it’s important to have or to add soffit vents. Below you’ll find a how to install guide for your reference.

1. First step is to measure the length and width of the soffit vent before cutting. Make sure that all measurements are correct to save you a lot of time. For example, the standard length of a 16 inch soffit vent is 8 inches wide and 16 inches long. Check your measurements again and you’re ready to move to the next step.

2. In the middle of the soffit vent, pencil in the length and width of the vent. Now with the pencil marks serving the outer measurements, measure a small rectangle  with the sides of 1/2 to 3/4 inches from the sides. Now you’re ready to cut this small area in a rectangle. The margins will be used to nail down your vent into the soffit. When you’re cutting the soffit vent, stay clear of hitting anything that is in your way.

3. Now you’re ready to insert the vent into the pencil marks. Get a few nails and insert them on the pre drilled holes of the soffit vent. Hammer the nails and attached this to the soffit. This is the final step. We recommend using steel fascia but look around other houses and see what you like.


Last tip: for best prices on soffit vents, do shop around at your location hardware stores. This will ensure that you get the best deals and also free advice should you decide to consult one of the staff. For more information on HVAC installation guides, please browse through our site more.

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