Adding a solar-powered cooling fan to an attic or another area of a building provides some fairly obvious benefits: increased air circulation, lower power consumption, and reduced cooling costs. However, there are even more benefits to installing solar attic fans – many of our customers don’t even realize these benefits exist until discussing their project with us. Beyond the basics of air circulation and energy efficiency, here are a few ‘hidden’ benefits of installing solar attic fans:
Solar attic fans extend the life of your roof. Did you know that the average cost to replace a roof can end up being at least $150 per square foot? That means that for a 1,000 square foot home, a full roof replacement can be upwards of $15,000, and that’s on the low end! The fact is that heat build-up prematurely destroys roofing materials and underlayment, resulting in that $15,000 expense coming due well before it’s time. Solar attic fans help reduce the risk of a failing roof by removing much of the damaging heat over time.
Humidity levels are decreased, resulting in less structural problems. We all know that wood will eventually rot. Also, the masonry grouting in brick is not completely invincible from the effects of mold, moisture, and eventual decay. Regardless of the kind of material used to build your home or business, having an ideal humidity level helps to ensure that the underlying structure of the building isn’t as prone to issues like rotting, rust, and breakdown. Solar attic fans keep humidity from pooling in areas where it can penetrate and harm building material.
Solar attic fans help prevent ice damming. “Ice damming” is a term used to describe what happens when snow or icy rain melts over hotspots on a roof, and then freezes elsewhere along the top of a building (gutters, downspouts, etc.), resulting in inefficient water diversion and potential damage. By circulating the interior air of a home, hotspots can be avoided, and snow, hail, and icy rain have an easier time of naturally shedding from the roof of the building.
When it comes to the entire list of features of solar attic fans, there are more benefits than the ones listed here. Hop over to the solar attic fan info page to learn more about the Venti line, and remember that we’re here to answer any questions you may have. To get started on your solar attic fan project, we’ll begin with an energy assessment, which is completely free. Contact us to get the process started today.
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