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Solar Powered Attic Fans

By Edited Dec 5, 2015 0 0

You probably know that fans are great for keeping your house cool, but you may not know that they can also be used up in your attic. Many people do not realize how much heat gets trapped up in their attic during the summer or on days when the sun is shining directly into it. What can you do if you don't want the attic's heat to ruin the cool temperature throughout your house? The first thing that you can do is investigate why your attic is so hot. Chances are that you will find out the reason that your attic has so much heat trapped inside of it is because the sun is shining directly into it.

Blocking out the sun is only going to cool off your attic a small amount. There is a better solution than putting up blockades for the sun shining through. The way to keep your attic cool throughout the summer is to invest in some solar powered attic fans. These fans operate by using the sun's energy and will do an awesome job at blowing all of the hot air outside your attic. The process of solar powered attic fan installation is fairly simple, but may require you to hire a person that has experience with installing them.

How are these fans going to be installed? You are going to need to mount them on the inside of your house so that they can effectively blow the hot air in the direction that is going to optimally keep your house cool. A solar panel is usually attached on the roof of your house (or outside of your attic) and the fan remains on the inside and is connected to this panel. The panel absorbs the sun's light energy and uses it to power up the fan and blow out the heat from inside.

How much are solar powered attic fans going to cost? The only bad thing about getting attic fans that are solar powered is that they are going to cost you a bit of extra money upfront. Generally, you will be able to get a quality attic fan for less than $500, but if you want to get the best one's available, you are going to probably need to have $450 ready. With installation fees for one fan, you are probably going to end up paying near $600. If you have multiple fans installed in your attic, you may need to have a couple thousand dollars ready. It really is going to depend on how big your attic is and how many fans you need to have installed.

What's the difference between solar powered attic fans and regular attic fans? Obviously the solar powered ones are going to use the sun's energy and the regular models are going to require electricity from a power outlet. The regular fans are not as safe as the solar powered versions, so if safety is a concern, you are not going to want to get a regular model. What else is beneficial about buying a solar fan for your attic? The best part about these fans is that you are not going to pay a massive electrical bill when all is said and done.

Even though they are going to require you to make a fairly big investment, they will pay themselves off within a couple years. In addition to keeping your electrical bills low, you can get a feeling of satisfaction that you are not harming the environment in the way that you would be if you were using power outlets and plugging your fan in. To buy these fans, you can choose to either shop online or go to a home furniture and appliances type store and you will be able to find one that you will need.

It is a good idea to compare prices that are being offered on the internet with the prices that are offered at stores so that you can find the best possible deal. If you go to a store and buy solar powered attic fans, you are going to want to make sure that you can find someone to help you install them for free or a reduced price. If you buy them online, you are going to need to have someone lined up to help you with the attic fan installation process.



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