When summer temperatures are at their peak, there is only so much you can do to keep your house as cool as possible. You can keep your air conditioner well-maintained, keep the blinds on south-facing windows closed during the day, make sure you’re well equipped with the right indoor air quality products, and invest in a solar attic fan!
Wait, what’s that? You haven’t heard of a solar attic fan?
Let us be the first to bring this efficient and helpful piece of equipment to your attention. Not sure how it helps? Well, consider this scenario—the sun has been beating down on your roof for hours, and no matter how low you turn the thermostat down, it doesn’t seem to help. Not only that, but since you have the thermostat set so low, the AC just continues to run, draining your energy and causing your bills to rise. Fortunately, investing in a solar attic fan can help!
1. Improved Ventilation
Even mild summer temperatures—let’s say hypothetically, 80°F—will increase the temperature of your roof and the attic under it exponentially—at least to 100°F and possibly even higher. Static, basic room vents do provide a little passive cooling, but not enough to make a considerable difference to your comfort.
When you run an attic fan during these sweltering hot days, the temperature in your attic can drop dramatically, making your whole living space feel cooler. And when this happens, you can raise the setting on your cooling system’s thermostat, therefore helping it perform more efficiently.
2. Solar Is Better
There are a few reasons you should get an attic fan. There are even more reasons you should get a solar attic fan. When solar electricity powers your attic fan, you’ll save even more money than you’d already save with lowered energy usage from your air conditioner.
Solar panels reduce the level of electricity needed to cool or heat your space with your HVAC system. Additionally, solar attic fans are easy for our professionals to integrate and configure into you current electrical grid.
3. Helps Your Roof
Let’s face it, humidity is an issue here. There are many reasons why this is bad news for your attic space. If excessive moisture sits in your home for too long, particularly up in the attic where you never access, it creates mold in the wood beams and in the insulation.
It’s pretty easy for moisture to reach your attic in the first place—through showering and cooking, as well as through the outdoor environment. This isn’t a problem you want to ignore, but it is a problem that can be resolved with a solar-powered attic fan.
Remember, any type of attic fan you invest in will perform best in an attic that is properly sealed and insulated to block out heat and moisture. Be sure to reach out to our team to learn about your options!