Aug 13, 2021 | Roofing

Did you know your attic can reach temperatures of over 150 degrees in the summer?  Those temperatures can tax your HVAC system, increase your utility bills, and even damage your roof.

The good news is you can alleviate these problems by calling a company like Galaxy Builders, Inc. to install a solar-powered attic fan from Attic Breeze. You’ll be glad you did, and here are some reasons why.

What Is a Solar Attic Fan?

First of all, a solar attic fan should be installed by a certified specialist. These devices are powered attic ventilators placed on your roof to help move hot air out of your attic. This provision of fresh air improves heat transfer and cools your attic quite well.

Your HVAC Runs Better

A Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) evaluates how much cooling your air conditioner does against how much energy it uses to do so. You can find it on that yellow sticker on your HVAC unit. There’s just one problem: That number is only valid up to 77 degrees Fahrenheit.

When it gets hotter, the SEER rating goes down. As you can imagine, in the Florida heat, that number can plummet rather quickly. Now, think of what happens if you store your HVAC equipment in your attic. The hotter it gets up there, the harder your system works to keep your house cool.

Once you have an Attic Breeze solar attic fan installed, that can change. The fan will remove hot air and lower the temperature in your attic, allowing your HVAC to work more efficiently as it cools your home. Higher efficiency means more comfort and savings for you and less harm to the environment.

Here’s something else to keep in mind: An overworked HVAC is more likely to break down. Give your units a well-needed break, and your system will last longer without needing repair or replacement.

The Shingles on Your Roof Will Last Longer

As the day gets hotter, so does the temperature of your roof. To keep cool, shingles transfer heat out into the air and also down into your attic space. The more heat they transfer, the better since that lowers your roof’s temperature and slows down weather-related damage.

Unfortunately, if your attic isn’t ventilated properly, the air inside becomes extremely hot. High internal temperatures slow the transfer of heat from your shingles, which means your roof will absorb more heat and age quicker as a result. After a while, your shingles can buckle and break down.

The Attic Breeze solar attic fan continually removes that hot trapped air from your attic, allowing your roof to transfer heat as efficiently as it can. As a result, the attic under your roof will stay at a lower temperature, and so your shingles last longer.

Your Attic Insulation Is More Effective

Builders use attic insulation to stop heat from entering your home. Since brand-new insulation functions efficiently, this strategy is somewhat successful at first.

Over time, however, insulation stops being so effective. The combination of heat and moisture will cause your insulation to break down and become compacted. At that point, it won’t work nearly as well at keeping out the heat. Eventually, you may need to replace your attic insulation altogether.

The Attic Breeze solar fan can make your attic insulation last longer by removing moist air and reducing the temperature of your attic. Insulation operates more efficiently in lower temperatures and lessens the outside heat transfer into your house. The insulation material itself will also better maintain its integrity and won’t need to be replaced as often.

A Better Environment for Your Stored Items

Many people keep Christmas decorations, papers, old photographs, and other items in their attics as storage. These may not be things you use regularly, but many are probably meaningful to you. As you can imagine, sweltering temperatures aren’t the best storage conditions for most items.

Old papers and photographs do best in a drier, colder environment. The same is true for storing books and many other wearable items. If you’ve ever opened a box of stored goods to find them ruined, heat may have played a part.

If you’re going to store items in your attic, it’s best to keep the temperature as controlled as possible. You can count on an Attic Breeze fan to help with that.

Final Thought: An Easy Update With a Big Impact

You can do so many things to improve energy efficiency in your home, reduce utility costs, and help your home run better. Some of these involve a pretty significant investment of time and money. That’s not the case with the Attic Breeze solar attic fan! Because they are solar-powered, these fans don’t need to be wired into your home’s electrical system. Galaxy Builders Inc., your local and certified installer, can simply visit your home and get the job done in no time.

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