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A Solar Roof Vent Can Save You Money on Air Conditioning

One of the easiest and most cost efficient ways to help keep your attic and home ventilated is with a solar roof vent, also referred to as a solar roof fan. Solar vents contain a small fan which draws air out of your attic. The fan is powered by a solar panel which is attached to the top of the vent.

Solar roof fans can be a 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 way. 

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. 

solar roof ventSince the 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, Natural Light, Sunrise Solar, 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 market. 

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 at should 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. 

solar roof ventThe 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. 

The Natural 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.

Attic Breeze 20 Watt Solar Roof Vent

solar roof ventThis Attic 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 to the fan, but instead it is connected by a 15 foot piece of shielded wiring so 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 versions. 

However, this price includes a lifetime warranty so you’ll 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 on 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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