The attic is one of the most overlooked areas of any building. It’s often a place for storage and extra insulation against the heat during hot months and the cold during cooler months. It’s rarely considered a place where money can be saved or where the home or commercial building can be enhanced.
However, the addition of a solar-powered attic fan can significantly reduce heating and cooling costs while providing a better defense against some of what Mother Nature dishes out throughout the year.
Here’s how solar attic fans work.
An Out-of-the-Way Air Mover
Unless you’re looking down on your roof from above your building, you won’t notice you have a solar attic fan installed. But, when there is a solar attic fan working to dissipate hot air in your attic, your home or commercial building benefits in three key ways:
- Pockets of stale air are circulated. When these zones of air are pushed to the exterior of the building, the overall air volume of the structure maintains a more consistent temperature. This makes heating and cooling more efficient, lowering energy bills.
- Circulating attic air is beneficial in the defense against mold and mildew accumulation. Mold spores don’t tend to do very well in well-ventilated areas. The same holds true for slime molds and mildew. Having a solar-powered attic fan is a great defense against these contaminants.
- Solar-powered attic fans help to reduce ice damming. When it’s cold enough outside to freeze water into ice, pockets of hot air in the attic can cause snowmelt to collect and then freeze on certain sections of the roof. This can cause structural damage and even danger for the people and animals below.
The beauty of solar attic fans lies in their operation without needing an electrical source from the building into which they’re installed. Using power from the sun, solar attic fans operate autonomously, providing value without drawing power throughout the year.
A Safer, More Energy Efficient Attic
Curious about how much your home or commercial building could benefit from the installation of a high-quality solar attic fan? Contact The LeverEdge today, and one of our team members will be happy to answer your questions.
Head over to the Contact Page and submit an inquiry; we’re standing by right now, ready to help you improve the integrity and efficiency of your home or office building.
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