Mister Sparky routinely brings you tips to lower your electric bill, but are you aware you can generate substantial savings with an attic fan installed in the attic? Attic fans remove the heat from the attic, and draw in the cool, fresh outdoor air. Reducing the attic temperature benefits even well insulated homes. In non-ventilated attics, the sun heats up the stagnant air inside, to about 150 degrees or even higher. Mister Sparky electrical contractors in Huntsville, AL can provide the professional installation of an attic fan in your home.
Types of Attic Fans
There are two basic types of attic fans to select from. The roof top attic fan draws air directly through the roof to reduce the attic temperature. The second type is a gable fan system, which blows hot air out and draws cooler air in through a gable vent. Mister Sparky electrical contractors in Huntsville, AL will provide the installation of your choice of attic fan.
It is essential the attic is ventilated year round. During the summer heat in the attic not only affects your comfort in the living space below the ceiling, it also affects the integrity of the roofing support structure and the longevity of the roof itself. Without ventilation, moisture can collect in the attic, causing wood rot and potentially mold. With the high temperatures of an attic lacking adequate ventilation, the heat will degrade roofing shingles from below, resulting in a reduced lifespan of the roof. An attic fan can prevent damage to the roof, the supporting structure, and the development of mold by maintaining a lower temperature and removing moisture. This is certainly beneficial to the attic and the roof, and assists in ensuring a healthier home, greater indoor comfort and a lower energy bill. Mister Sparky electrical contractors in Huntsville, AL can provide a professional attic fan installation for your home.
How it Improves Energy Efficiency
By removing excessive heat from the attic, an attic fan can also reduce the temperature in the living space below. Even with insulation in the attic, the heat can transfer down below, causing the home’s air conditioner to work harder to cool your home. The removal of attic heat reduces the workload on the air conditioner, lowering energy costs, and increasing your comfort. In addition, when the AC is not running as often, wear is reduced on the unit, and also the frequency of future repairs. For the low cost of operating a fan, the attic fan offers a lot of benefits that save you far more than the electricity of its operation. Contact Mister Sparky electrical contractors in Huntsville, AL today to schedule attic fan installation.
Extending the Roof’s Lifespan
With summer sun and winter extremes the roof takes a beating year round. The detrimental effects of the summer sun on the roof are worsened by extreme heat in the attic resulting in a double assault on the roof during the summer season. An attic fan can prevent the damage from heat in the attic beneath the roof. In fact, some shingle manufacturers require attic ventilation, or the product warranty may be void.
Soffit and gable vents allow air circulation in a natural convection process to remove some heat in a process called passive ventilation. However, an attic fan will move a higher volume of air through the attic, discharging heat to the outside of the home. An attic fan is far more effective in cooling of the attic than passive ventilation, while also removing moisture. Our electrical contractors in Huntsville, AL can install the attic fan of your choice.
Concern has been expressed by some persons that an attic fan can pull conditioned air into the attic, resulting in wasted energy. Air leaks cost you money, whether you have an attic fan or not. Whenever there are air leaks present in any home, sealing them can save you money, and improve energy efficiency.
Light fixtures are a common source of air leaks, and insulation over them in the attic may pose a fire hazard. Only the rim of the light fixture should be sealed, and no type of sealing or insulation should be placed over the electrical box itself to prevent overheating and a potential fire. In addition, gable and soffit ventilation should prevent the loss of conditioned air from the living space when you choose to install an attic fan.
Contact Mister Sparky licensed electricians to schedule a professional attic fan installation. In addition, our electrical contractors in Huntsville, AL offer a wide range of electrical services, including professional electrical repair, and others. Mister Sparky electrical contractors in Huntsville, AL serve the North Alabama regions of Athens, Huntsville, Decatur, New Market, Guntersville, Toney, and the surrounding areas. Mister Sparky is a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.