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Information and Advice on Solar Attic Fans

When making changes and improvements to your home, there are many things such as a solar attic fan that may not seem to immediately justify the expense, however, once you consider all the great things this fan does for your home, the cost is quickly and easily justified. If you are trying to make your home more energy efficient, easier to cool, and save from dangers you may not even know about, there are many reasons you should honestly reconsider any doubts you may have had about a solar attic fan.

The last year has taught us, if nothing else, that we really need to seek alternative sources for energy and find ways to lower our energy consumption and costs. There are many ways you can do this and a solar attic fan will accomplish this goal in more ways than you may realize. First of all, those summer months can be wickedly hot and I’m guessing that you are fairly familiar with the term ‘heat rises’. There is, of course, a reason for that term and that reason is the fact that it does. The problem in a house is this-most of us have our attics very well insulated so that heat that is rising is trapped there. Better the attic than the house I suppose, but it does wreak havoc on your air conditioning efforts.

By using a solar attic fan, you are removing the heat from the attic, which eases the burden on your AC unit. Some people even claim to not need their air conditioners at all for most of the summer months or only a few hours a day on those unimaginably warm days because the attic fan cools so efficiently and effectively. The other great tidbit of information is the fact that it is solar powered, this means that you will not be paying each month for the energy that you use in order to lessen your air conditioning expenses.

Of course these things are wonderful about a solar attic fan during those long hot summer days, but did you know that they also serve a valuable purpose during the cold days of winter as well? During winter, especially if you are in areas that receive heavy snowfall, the heat within your attic can cause melting of the snow on your roof. While some may see this as a good thing, it isn’t necessarily so. The melting and refreezing of snow causes the formation of ice that can lead to structural damage to your roof, particularly in the areas of eaves and overhangs. A solar attic fan, vents the warm air outside so that it isn’t working to melt the snow and leading to potential damage.

Honestly, I can see very few people in America who wouldn’t at some point in time benefit from this tool, maybe those in Alaska who receive very little sunshine as a solar attic fan needs this in order to function.

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