Eating Fletcher’s Corny dogs and riding the Crazy Mouse aren’t the only things we accomplished this year at the Texas State Fair.
There are always vendors hocking non-stick cookware, magic shoe erasers, blenders that make soup AND ice cream, hot tubs with strobe lights. That kind of crap.
This year, we fell for one of them…..
The Solar Star Solar Attic fan.
Sounds cool, Right?
We have spinner vents on our roof that rotate as the hot air rises to the top of the attic, like every other home does. The Solar Star Attic Fan runs completely on solar power, the hotter the sun’s rays…the more heat and moisture it pulls from the attic. It only takes about 30 minutes for a professional installer to install ……AND it installs right where a spinner is currently. So there are no new holes in our roof, only a slightly bigger one.
We started installing a radiant barrier a couple of summers ago. That’s right, SUMMERS. Our attic is about 130 degrees in the summer, hot enough to bake bread. No wonder we gave up after 4 panels.
Needless to say, there was a State Fair discount and a 30% tax credit on these babies.Yadda, yadda, yadda
A Dude (yes, he was a DUDE), Scott from Daylight Rangers, came out over the weekend, looked in the attic, said we only need 1 unit…and we had him on the roof with a saw in about 3 minutes.
Here’s a picture of him bending over….
ALL of my pictures were him bending over.
We started with this..
And now we have this ……
Not that we are expecting this thing to “air condition” our attic, but we are almost looking forward to next summer to see how well it works at pulling the heat out.
Great product choice! Good move on your part!
Don’t tell my husband, but I’m liking that view of Scott. OOPS! Did I say that out loud?!
Anyway and speaking of my sainted spouse, he has been jonesing for an attic fan for some time. I’m eager to hear how well yours works. While it’s probably nowhere near as hot here in Northern Virginia, it gets pretty muggy.
It’s supposed to work well at pulling moisture out as well, not that we have much humidity in Dallas….
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Wish we had seen this at the fair …it must have been the ONE THING we DIDN’T look at while there. I like the idea of it because our attic gets SO HOT and we don’t have radiant barrier either. We might have to have 2 of these so I wish I knew how much they cost. Time for me to Google them and get more info. I think it has a very slick look up there….now to show my husband and get HIS take on them. If we get some for our house I till try to get you guys some kind of referral credit from these folks. Cross your fingers, gentlemen. Oh…and I liked your pictures quite a bit…..just sayin’…….
Vickie, you are so sweet. Not sure if they give referral discounts (or credits), but you can give it a shot. If anything, I’m sure they would like to know that someone is saying nice things about them online. We love this thing so far, but it’s way too early in the year to say if it works like magic all summer. I’ll let ya know..
I honestly didn’t plan on so many pics of Scott’s but…..but he wouldn’t turn the other direction.
This solar attic fans can help your room and houses ventilation. You can save more money having this than aircondition. The only money you invest to this is when you by the fan because it is solar operated so need for electricity. -http://www.quietcoolfan.net/
Wow! that fan is huge. These fans are very helpful to every houses because these help us save energy and money.
Love to see solar technology in action like that. Did you see the difference in your electric bill? Some attic fans actually use quite a bit of electricity….Congrats on a job well done!
My husband got 2 of the Attic Breeze fans at http://www.solaratticfansource.com. We did this first. Now for better insulation in the attic.
I think solar attic fans are the way to go here. We got ours ad http://www.shoppingblox.com and the electricity savings pretty much offsets the cost.
Do these kinds of solar attic fans work as good as non-solar fans? http://www.solaratticfansource.com
I suppose so Robin, it’s hard to tell…..but it is always churning…