Re: [hreg] Solar energy fans ‘use’ heat to help consumers keep cool
- That is a great question, Oluwaseun. Our fan is thermostatically controlled so that the fan does not turn on until the attic itself is at least 85 degrees Fahrenheit. In colder climates, however, thermostats are often not used because these fans also draw moisture out of the attic, a serious problem in areas where ice can form inside the attic and cause problems.
Regardless, moisture and heat are a serious concern when it comes to retaining the integrity of attic-based equipment such as the heater, blower, hot water heater, etc. Today, most attics in the Houston area will reach at least 140 degrees - many even hotter, and this heat is literally burning up their equipment. The dust and dirt are taking their toll as well. You simply cannot be assured that your house is healthy unless your attic is properly ventilated.
More information can be found at www.hotattics.com
Ron FosterOn Tue, Jul 5, 2011 at 12:46 PM, Oluwaseun Oyeniran <soyeniran@...> wrote:
The solar fan help keep the attic cool in the summer and so less load is required to keep the house cool.However during the winter, isn't a warmer attic ideal for regulating the the heat in the house and keep the cold air out?
Thanks, Ralph. My company, Solar Panels of America, offers the Breezemaster solar ventilation fan (www.breezemaster.net) to resellers. Our 1600 usually sells for a little more, but it is very powefull, pulling about 2,000 CFMs.
The article is quite correct in that Houston homeowners are really going for these fans in a big way.
Thanks again for posting this.
Solar Panels of America
by Christine Haas / KHOU 11 News
Posted on June 29, 2011 at 12:34 PM
Updated today at 12:52 PM
HOUSTON—With the extreme heat and this summer’s drought, consumers are paying more than normal just trying to keep their homes cool, and a product is actually using the heat to help keep customers cool.
Solar energy fans are gaining popularity for Texans trying to use the hot sun to their advantage. Solar fans draw hot air out of your attic and help cool your home - all while being powered by the sun.
The government is even hoping people will take advantage of solar energy products, so a 30 percent tax write-off is being offered until 2013 on products and installation costs.
Dan Marshall, owner of Innovative Skylights, says a solar attic fan costs about $750.
Marshall says most of his customers see about a 20-percent reduction in their energy bills every year.
If homeowners chose to install other products, like solar panels, it could take longer to see the long-term cost benefit.
Marshall advises people do their homework and find a reputable company to install the products, because the installation requires cutting a hole in your roof.
If done right, the financial investment will deliver a large pay-off for the life of the home.
Oluwaseun (Seun) Oyeniran
Ron Foster – President
Solar Panels of America LLC
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