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Solar powered roof vents represent one of the most efficient uses yet devised for electricity generated by photovoltaic solar panels. A solar fan with sufficient capacity to handle most average homes seldom exceeds three feet in length and width. In fact, circular fans of about 18 inches in diameter can provide cooling for the majority of single family homes of less than 3,000 square feet of living area.

Installation is quite simple for Miramar Beach roofing companies because it closely resembles the installation procedure for roof vents of every type.

The primary difference involves aiming the solar panel for the best exposure to the sun's rays. Many solar fans rotate in their housings to accomplish this. Once ideally aligned, hardware fixes them in place. Adjustable brackets raise or lower the solar panel to achieve an angle that maximizes exposure to the sun for the longest number of hours per day with an emphasis on afternoon solar peaks.

The solar panel for a fan generating 30 watts of power is about four square feet in size, making them unobtrusive visually to people on the ground. Considerably quieter than house current powered units, no electrical wiring speeds installation, along with reducing the cost.

Homeowners unafraid of working on roofs can install solar fans, provided they possess the right tools and skills, but working on a roof does involve risks.

The roofing experts at Art Construction of Miramar Beach can assist you with any questions regarding insulation or doors.

Houses with tile roofs probably fall outside the abilities of most homeowners due to the difficulty of cutting tile properly, and then sealing it correctly to prevent leaks.

An important phase of solar attic fan projects regards sealing roof vents on or near the peak of the roof. This is necessary to enhance the exhaust effect. Outside air enters through soffit vents and exits through the solar fan. Blocking escape vents at the top of the roof creates a much stronger vacuum effect for evacuating hot air rapidly.

Solar attic fans cost slightly more than models powered by house current, but rebates from the federal government permit a tax credit on the purchase and installation, bringing the cost in line with regular electric attic fans. Professional roofers typically need only a couple of hours for installation from the time they arrive on site until the job is done.

Keeping the solar panel free of dust and debris represents all the required maintenance. A garden house does this job adequately and in many cases does not involve going up on the roof.

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