Wouldn't a single-sided ridge vent be more effective than a standard ridge vent for a home built on a windy site? It seems that with openings on both sides of the ridge, a standard vent would simply short-circuit when the wind blows rather than draw air from the eaves vents.

Paul Fisette, director of Building Materials and Wood Technology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, responds: In order for a ridge vent to exhaust, you need a pathway and a reliable driving force. Both a single-sided and a double-sided ridge vent provide a pathway, so the important question is this: What is the main driving force that...

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