Both electric and solar attic fans can keep the attic and house cooler helping reduce cooling costs. And solar units make use of the sun’s energy for free saving even more money. Attic fans can help keep interior temperatures lower by drawing out the hot air that builds up in the attic and they can also keep the attic ventilated.
Get Rid of Excess Heat
Hot air can build up and getting rid of that extra heat can reduce the stress on your home cooling system. Air conditioning can be super expensive so when you can avoid using it or not setting it so cold, you can save a lot of energy and money. The cooling system will be more effective when used in combination with a fan.
In addition, solar products use the sun’s energy so they won’t increase your energy bill. Using more solar means you use less electricity and will lower your bill.
Increase Air Flow
Better circulation helps reduce water vapor and moisture. Bacteria and mold thrive in moist environments and can make your family sick. Keeping the attic well ventilated with a fan can help prevent bacteria and mold from growing. Again, a solar fan can do this using free energy so your energy bill won’t go up.
Water vapor can also cause damaging rust and rot. Good ventilation can help keep the your home dry and safe from damage saving you money on costly repair bills.
Some Considerations Before You Buy
Like all solar products, like solar lighting, solar fans need sun to function. The actual solar panel that takes in the sunlight does not have to be in the exact same location as the fan itself. The fan can be in a shady area as long as the panel is in the sun. Before you buy any solar product, take a look at where you want to put it and make sure there is a good, unshaded spot that receives enough sunlight to run the solar unit.
Like energy efficient appliances, fans also need to be installed properly to maximize efficiency. That means choosing the right solar attic fan for your house, choosing the right spot for the fan and panel and making sure it is sealed correctly. If you are up for the job, it can be a do it yourself project but when in doubt, hire a professional to help you.