If you’ve ever had to enter an attic in the heat of summer, you understand just how hot and humid it can be. This heat and humidity can be damaging to the exposed wood in your attic. Without enough air flow, the moisture has nowhere to go and can cause wood rot or even the development of mold. By investing in a solar attic fan, you can remove that hot air and moisture and keep your attic up to 15 degrees cooler during the summer. This will keep your roof in good shape and your family healthy and comfortable.
Keep Your HVAC Unit Running Efficiently
While a solar fan won’t drastically improve the cost of heating and cooling your home, it can help your unit to run more efficiently. The high heat of Summer can make it difficult for your unit to keep your home cool. This means your unit has to work harder (and use more energy) to keep your home at your prefered temperature and it puts more wear on your HVAC unit. This extra wear and tear can lead to a shorter lifespan for your unit as well as making repairs more frequent.
When your attic traps the outdoor heat, it can make your home feel warmer as the warm energy from the attic makes its way into your home. This is particularly true if you don’t have quality insulation to keep out the outdoor air. So you’ll typically end up cranking the air conditioning down in order to try and compensate. But if your air ducts are running through a hot attic, the air being blown into your home likely won’t be as cool as you’d like it to be. This is why, even though there isn’t a significant cost savings, something as simple as an attic fan can help make your home more comfortable.
If you’re considering ways to make your HVAC more efficient, a solar attic fan may be the answer. Reducing the risk of damage to your home as well as to your HVAC unit is always a worthwhile investment. While you’re at it, don’t forget to schedule your Spring maintenance! Contact East Coast Heating & Air Conditioning to evaluate your needs and schedule with a local expert.