Solar roof fans can
great way to draw hot air out of your attic and thus lower the
temperature of your home. The best part of these products is that they
run completely off solar energy, so they cost very little to install
and require absolutely zero extra energy. This can save you a large
amount of money on your air conditioning costs and help reduce your CO2
emissions and carbon footprint in the process.
The only major downside to
these products is that they only work when directly exposed to
sunlight, meaning that they may not be the best option for places where
it is often cloudy. This also means that you need to pay careful
attention to the location on your roof where you install the vent to
ensure that the solar panel is not shaded from the sun in any
There are many different
brands of solar roof fans that can be found both online and in home
improvement stores, and some can be purchased for as little as $30 or
$40. Although these lower priced models are not usually recommended as
they are often poorly constructed and from cheap materials.
installation of a solar roof vent requires you to cut a hole directly
in the roof of your home, you would be much better off to purchase a
higher quality, but more expensive model.
The most trusted brands of
solar vents and attic fans are SolaTube,
and Attic Breeze.
You probably can’t go wrong if you purchase a vent
from any of these manufacturer’s, although they all have their own
positives and negatives so make sure you do adequate research before
making any purchase.
Now we will look at and
give you more information
on two of the most popular models of solar roof vents on the
Both of the models listed
below contain 20 watt solar panels which are rated for between 1800 and
2000 square feet, so if your attic is larger you may need to purchase
more than one vent. If you have a smaller attic, then there are
numerous smaller vents available.
The two vents we will look
be well suited for use in most average homes, although you should still
check the manufacturer’s specifications carefully to ensure you are
getting the right product for your house.
Natural Light 20 Watt
Solar Roof Vent
The Natural Light 20 watt
solar roof fan will give you more bang for your buck than probably any
other fan on the market. This particular model can usually be purchased
for around $375. Now this may seem like a lot of money, but in
actuality this is one of the cheaper high quality solar fans you will
find. This product features a high quality, extremely efficient solar
panel manufactured by BP, which produces some of the top rated solar
panels in the world.
The angle of the panel is
adjustable so you can maximize the panel’s exposure to the sun’s rays
at any time of the year. The product features a twenty five year
warranty on all products, and the company is well known for their
excellent level of customer service and response time.
So you can feel
comfortable knowing you will quickly receive a replacement, should your
fan break or arrive damaged or defective.
The only downside to the
product is that it does not come with a built in thermometer like many
other products, and most individuals who have purchased it have
recommended purchasing the optional thermometer as well to ensure the
fan works correctly.
Light 20 Watt Solar Roof Vent is rated for
an attic up to 1800 square feet, so if you have a larger attic you may
want to consider purchasing the slightly larger model with a 30 watt
solar panel. The 30 watt unit can ventilate an area up to 2500 square
feet, although you should expect to pay somewhere in the range of $500
to $600 for this model.
Breeze 20 Watt Solar Roof Vent
Breeze 20 Watt Solar Attic Fan is one of the
top rated products on the market
and moves more air per
minute than any of its competitors. This
particular model is rated for an attic up to 1950 square feet, which
makes it one of the most powerful products on the market.
One of the best features
of this product is that the solar panel is not actually fixed
fan, but instead it is connected by a 15 foot piece of shielded wiring
it can be placed wherever it will receive the most sunlight. This gives
you much more freedom to place both the panel and the roof vent in
their ideal locations.
The only downside to this
model is in the relatively high price: you should expect to pay between
$600 and $700 for the 20 watt model and much more for higher wattage
However, this price
includes a lifetime
never have to worry about your product breaking.
Attic Breeze is the only
company we have come across to offer more than a 25 year warranty
their products. Overall, this product is highly recommended if you can
afford to spend the extra money. If not, you should still find the
cheaper Natural Light model to be sufficient for most needs. You get
what you pay for with a solar roof vent.
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