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There are a couple of ways of ventilating your attic. One is soffit vents. This allows passive flow of air from outside the house, through the attic, and out a louver or roof vent.

Another method is to install a louver fan. These usually have a thermostat. Both differ from an attic fan that is usually installed in the ceiling of the uppermost level of the house. It vents into, but not necessarily out of, the attic.

Attic ventilation is important to minimize degradation of your roof. Also, be sure none of your bathroom fans are venting into the attic as this will significantly increase the humidity in the attic and thus accelerate roof degradation. This problem can be helped by 1)installing a louver fan (o.k.), 2) running flexible pipe from the bathroom fan to a roof vent (better), or 3) running a permanent dedicated vent from the bathroom fan directly through the roof to it's own vent (best).

I have done option #1 and it was quite easy. Just to be sure, though, I'm going to be doing option #2 this weekend. I hope it will be as easy. I hope this helps with regards to attic ventilation.
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