Summer time is here – long, hot days, and warm, still nights. Are you sweating yet? Not if you have an attic solar fan! This great little gadget is perfect for fanning hot air from the top of your home right outdoors, allowing for a much cooler, comfortable interior. Consider that:
Installing a solar attic fan (or two) can help you reduce your air conditioning costs during warm months, cut down on damaging moisture that can lead to a number of structural problems, and even help save items that you may have in storage. In short, a small investment with a huge return!
Lest you think that a solar attic fan is only useful during summer months, it can also help reduce humidity and keep a more consistent temperature all year round.
In the rafters of your home, temperatures can get to a sweltering 150 degrees F. All that extra heat makes your A/C system have to work even harder – and you get to sweat even more. Plus, when that electric bill comes each month, you’ll really get steamed!
An attic solar fan only costs you the price of the kit. Once its installed (usually a do-it-yourself project), you can literally forget about it. It draws energy from the sun and converts it into usable power. No need for plugs or wiring. Consider that the attic fan will have a lifetime of 10-20 years – perhaps longer than you’ll own your home.
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So how much do solar powered attic fans cost? This is truly the best part! We’re talking several hundred, as opposed to thousands of dollars for a solar panel system.
Prices range from $300-600, and you may even be eligible for renewable energy tax incentives to help defray investment. Variation in cost is due to the manufacturer, ventilation capacity and whether you choose to include optional features such as a thermostat.
Like other solar panel systems, an attic solar fan can also increase the value of your home. Many people are in the market for clean, green energy. Its an additional selling point that could bring in a buyer – even in this tough market.
Do you have a solar attic fan? Let us know what you like best, and if there is anything you would change if you could.