All the hot air that collects in your home’s attic can send your utility bills, um… through the roof. It can also wreak havoc on the roof structure itself when moisture isn’t properly vented out. Luckily, a simple attic fan can make all the difference in the world, and Natural Light produces a range of high-quality solar models.
When superheated air is vented out of your home’s attic space in hot weather, cooler air naturally flows in through the windows and doors below. A single ventilation fan can easily reduce an attic’s temperature by 30-40 degrees, and the amount of air conditioning needed to compensate for that heat will drop dramatically (along with your utility bills). Properly attic venting in cold weather is crucial too, since warm air carries moisture upwards where it can condense and freeze.
A traditional electric fan, even though it draws power, will still compensate for its energy consumption by reducing the temperature within the home. But a solar powered model is even more energy efficient, and it captures maximum energy from the sun during the peak daytime hours when it is most needed.
Natural Light offers 10-watt, 20-watt, and 30-watt models (depending on the size of your home’s attic space) that can move over 1,500 cubic feet of air per minute. They require no special wiring or structural alterations, and they are suitable for use on shingles, tiles, or asphalt roofs. Prices start around $300, and you can find them at Amazon.