If you have ever gone into your attic on a hot summer day, then you know how unbearable it can be. Many attics are not properly ventilated, and it not only makes the attic reach extreme temperatures, but it can make the house hotter as well, since the heat tends to radiate through the ceiling and into the home. Homeowners experience higher bills as a result, and the air conditioner has to work harder to do its job. Worst of all, the heat can cause damage to the roof over time.
There are electric attic fans on the market, but they can cause your electric bill to dramatically increase.A solar attic fan is the perfect solution to rising attic temperatures and high electric bills with their ability to decrease attic temperatures by as much as 40 degrees.
A solar attic fan, which comes in many models, is installed on the high ridge of your roof. Solar attic fans run almost exclusively on solar energy. The fan pulls the hot air from your attic and releases it to the outside, significantly reducing the temperature. A solar attic fan’s only downside is the fact that it can’t run off of solar power at night. However, it is optional to divert the fan’s power to regular electricity during hot nights.
Some solar attic fans on the market can be costly, but it will pay for itself over time. Since it runs on solar energy, there is no burden on your electric bill. It will extend the life of your roof tiles, and it dramatically decreases the temperature in your attic, and by extension your home.
For more information on solar attic fans, call your local Stack Heating and Cooling today. We’ve been serving Greater Cleveland’s HVAC needs since 1976.
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