FAQ - Solar Attic Fans
What are the cost benefits of installing a solar attic fan?
How much money you will save is greatly dependent on the price of electricity in your area, the amount of attic space in your home, the efficiency of your attic insulation, the amount of tax credit and rebates available in your area and the amount of ventilation your solar attic vent is able to provide. In our experience, a typical installation will usually pay for itself within 1-3 summers of use verses powered Attic Fans that can cost up to $35 per month to operate.
Does my roof already have ventilation?
Static vents or ridge vents will help but generally do not provide sufficient air movement to pull heat and moisture from the attic – especially during the winter or when the ambient air is stagnate. If you have electric fans in the attic, you will benefit from increased air movement in the summer but at a cost of 350 to 400 watts of power per day! Often, electric attic fans have a thermostat that keeps them inoperable during the winter, just when you need them to expel moisture! A solar powered attic fan runs whenever there is sunlight – and, at no cost of operation.
Is a solar powered attic fan difficult to install
Solar Attic Fans are extremely easy to install. A homeowner can install one in less than an hour and a professional in less than 30 minutes. An installation video is available on our website and you can receive additional help by calling 866-446-0966. Only basic tools are required and there is no electrical wiring to connect. We would be glad to refer you to an installer in your area if one is available. If there is not one available we would suggest you call a local handyman or roofing contractor. Your retailer does not provide the installation and does not make any arrangements with any installers, so it is best to call US Sunlight at 866-446-0966 to find out what options for installation services you might have available in your area.
Are tax credits available for installing a solar powered attic fan?
Absolutely. The fan qualifies for up to a 30% Federal tax credit. There may be additional energy rebates or tax credits available through your local utility. You can obtain an IRS form 5695 through the internet or visit our Tax Credit Info page on our website, download the form and learn about other possible rebates that may apply.
My current electric fan is noisy and can be heard from inside the home. Is the solar attic fan noisy?
The solar powered attic fan is extremely quiet. The solar cell provides power to a super-quiet DC motor. There is no harmonic hum that is common with AC motors.
What is the life expectancy of the solar panel?
The Solar Powered Attic Fan has the latest state-of-the-art solar panel designed to last for more than 20 years. While a standard solar panel can last 5 years or less, our solar panel has a 20 year prorated warranty – the longest warranty in the industry!
Are there difference in the solar powered attic fans available in the market?
Yes! It is possible to find several brands and models with different prices and features. But our Solar Powered Attic Fan has some of the best technology available at the best price, to assure that you have a fan that will last for years to come.
•Our Solar Powered Attic Fan includes a commercial grade, hail resistant solar panel with a unique tilt-swivel design. By maximizing the solar panel’s orientation to the sun you can gain up to 25% more power.
•We offer a 20 year limited warranty on the solar panel and a 5 year warranty on the motor.
•Our motor warranty is one of the longest in the industry. In addition, our top of line motor has been designed with a simple brush replacement feature, assuring many years of worry-free performance.
Is a building permit required to install the Solar Powered Attic Fan?
To our knowledge, no permit is required.
Is additional wiring required?
No. There is no additional wiring or a need for an electrician to install the unit.
Can the black housing be painted to match the roof shingles?
Yes it can, but you should first prime the housing with an acrylic paint. Be sure to not apply any paint to the solar panel surface.
Can I replace my existing static or turbine vent with the solar powered attic fan?
Yes, in most cases the solar powered attic fan will directly replace existing vents making the installation even easier. In some cases, you may need to modify the existing opening, the installation documentation will take you through each step.
Will the solar powered attic fan continue to run after dark?
Yes. With the addition of the Solar Controller, the Solar Powered Attic Fan can be simultaneously connected to your house electricity and will run for 8 minutes every half hour after dark to provide additional ventilation after sunset.
Can the solar powered attic fan be used to vent garages?
Yes it can! Many of our customers are using the fan to reduce the temperate in the garage or storage shed.
Will the solar attic fan leak?
The Solar Powered Attic Fan is designed to not leak and includes an oversized, steel zinc coated roof flashing integrated into the design. Please refer to the easy installation instructions included in each unit as well as the online video.