The advantage of these
products is that they run entirely off of solar energy. Each solar
with a small solar panel that generates
electricity which is
then used to power the fan itself. This means that these solar fans
will require no additional energy costs once installed, so they can
ventilate your attic and thus keep your home cooler. This will allow
your air conditioner to not have to run constantly, which can save you
ton of money on your cooling costs in the long run.
advantage of solar roof fans is that they can be installed very easily
and without any major construction, although it is still recommended to
have them installed by a certified professional as the installation
process requires a hole to be cut directly in your roof. Nonetheless,
even with the cost of installation, these products are still quite
reasonably priced and are a much more affordable option than a solar
air conditioning unit.
When deciding to install a
solar attic fan, the
most important thing to take into consideration is the location of the
fan. The majority of models do not contain a battery and are therefore
unable to store any excess energy that is created.
This means that the
fan will only function when the solar panel is directly exposed to
sunlight. Despite this fact, these products are still a very efficient
way of keeping your home cooler and lowering your electricity bills
while reducing your carbon footprint at the same time.
When searching for a solar
fan, the most important thing to pay
attention to is the size of the fan. All models are rated to ventilate
a certain area, so it is important to make sure that you purchase a
product that is rated for your size of attic to ensure the fan will
sufficiently cool your home. Conversely, you do not want to spend more
money on a fan that is bigger than your needs.
Another important factor
is whether you should purchase a roof
mounted fan or a gable
roof mounted fans will normally work much better as they are usually
exposed to more sunlight than the gable mounted versions. If you do not
have a south facing gable, then you should definitely think about the
roof mounted models as they will function much better for you.
are hundreds of different brands and models of solar roof fans
available both online and in home improvement stores around the globe.
If you are a very tight budget, then you can find some very cheap
models that can be purchased for under $50, however these are not
recommended. Many of the cheap versions are basically a waste of
money since they function very poorly, are cheaply made and often
For those who are really
serious about purchasing a highly
efficient, long lasting attic fan, you would be much better suited to
spend the extra money and purchase one of the products that we have
reviewed for you below.
Natural Light Solar Attic
The Natural Light 20-watt Solar Attic Fan is a great addition to any home, keeping you cool
without increasing the load on your AC or costing a bundle in
electricity usage. As well as cooling your house, the air circulation
created by the fan can result in a healthier home and extend the life
of your roof by drawing out the moisture.
The unit doesn’t require
any wiring to install, and includes an adjustable solar panel. There
are three different models available, and so there’ll be one suitable
for your roof type.
The device is made from
powder coated aircraft grade aluminium, providing added durability. In
fact, the attic fan lasts for so long that it’s got the best warranty
in the industry: a 25-year warranty on the solar panel, the housing and
the motor, if used with natural light! Impressive!
The 20-watt model has a
venting capacity of 1800 square feet per fan, and is lovely and quiet.
The manufacturer claims that you can barely hear the fan, standing only
a few feet away, and can hear nothing from inside the main part of the
Unlike other some units,
the Natural Light solar fan comes with one large fan. The body is one
piece of heavy gauge aluminium with no seams. This makes the body of
the fan leak proof, with no additional work required. Because of the
materials used, corrosion should not be a problem.
In addition, the low
profile and modern design helps it to blend into the design of your
house, rather than sticking out from across the street. The solar panel
itself is adjustable, so you can angle it to give it the best sun
Like all products
installed in your roof, the installation does require a little work,
and requires you to cut an installation hole into your roof. The fan
will work with any pitch, and will not leak once installed. There are
no structural changes or wiring to complete.
The solar attic fan
retails for approximately $350, which we believe is a fair price given
the many benefits the product has to offer.
Attic Breeze Solar Roof
If you can afford
cost, then Attic Breeze roof fans are
probably the best products available on the market, although they are
only available in 20 and 25 watt models. Still, they are rated to move
more air than the similarly sized Natural Light products.
biggest advantage of the Attic Breeze roof fans is that they come with
a lifetime warranty,
so you can be guaranteed that your product should
last for a long time and you should have no trouble getting a
replacement if the fan breaks or stops working.
Breeze 25W Solar Attic Fan
comes with a high pricetag, however. You should expect to
pay between $600 and $750 for one fan depending on which one of the
various mounting options you choose. Still, these products are the
highest rated and best on the market if you can afford the extra cost.
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