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Solar Attic Vent System


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Solar Attic Vent System


Why a Solar Attic Vent System?

  • The solar attic vent system is the newest innovation in the Smart Home movement. You have upgraded your windows & doors, replaced your incandescent light bulbs, and now it’s time to vent the expensive heat build-up in your attic!
  • Conventional attic vents are passive and don’t provide dynamic air movement.
  • Rooftop turbines are only effective on windy days.

And so, the majority of the time the stratified hot air in your attic remains stagnant and retains significant heat and moisture. Stratified attic air traps the air in the occupied portion of the home, keeping the air temperature warmer and more humid than necessary resulting in unnecessary air conditioner (a/c) start-up. Once the a/c starts it will typically run all day unless it receives a lower temperature signal at the thermostat.  At 15₵ per kilowatt-hour (KWh) that can be expensive!


Clear the air. Quickly.

The Solar Attic Vent System provides a simple solution to many problems that can occur in your attic space. The fan in the Solar Attic Vent can successfully vent up to 1,000 square feet, operating up to 400 CFM in full sunlight. By quickly venting hot air and moisture out of your attic space, the Solar Attic Vent cools the roof and reduces extreme attic temperature, prolonging the life of your roof by reducing vapour build-up and preventing rust, rot, bacteria and mould. So whether it's summer or winter, the Nature's Power Solar Attic Vent is continually protecting your attic space and prolonging the lifetime of your roof.

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Simple & Functional


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Simple & Functional


You can take it to the bank.

Wouldn't it be amazing to actually be able to save on the cost of air conditioning in summer and the cost of repairs due to moisture? Because the Solar Attic Vent System is so efficient, it will help you save on your air conditioning costs by 10% to 50% during the summer months and will help move moisture out of your attic space during the winter months, reducing damage caused by mould and moisture and reducing repair costs. And because it is solar-powered, the Solar Attic Vent System does not add to your electricity costs.

Wire less. Really.

Most active attic vents need to be connected to a home's electric wiring and need a trained electrician to install them. The Solar Attic Vent System's elegant design and use of solar power make this type of connection unnecessary and makes its installation very user-friendly. No extra labour cost, no city permits.

Elegant design.

The Solar Attic Vent System was designed to be clean, simple, and easy to install and maintain. The Solar Attic Vent is designed with a universal fit and can be added to existing passive vents making installation quick and easy. And because it doesn't modify your structure and uses free solar energy, there is no need for electrical wiring, expensive electrical installation, or city permits. The durable frame of the Solar Attic Vent also allows for easy angle adjustment to capture the maximum amount of sunlight for maximum fan efficiency and it can be placed wherever you need to improve circulation: attics, lofts, workshops, storage sheds, garages, and even barns.

And it all takes just 15 minutes.

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Good for every season


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Good for every season


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Summer Season

During hot summer days, attic temperatures can exceed 71°C (160°F). The Solar Attic Vent System can reduce that temperature drastically.

No matter how much insulation is in the attic, heat can still transfer to adjacent living spaces. In fact, extra insulation can add to increasing temperature as heat can still transfer into insulation; proper ventilation is necessary to evacuate this excess heat. In turn, heat reduction decreases expensive air conditioning energy usage and can extend the lifespan of an air conditioning system.
 

Winter Season

In cooler months moisture is a serious concern. Even with the use of vapour barriers to keep moisture from entering the attic, air leaks can still occur around ceiling fixtures and bathroom exhaust fans (among other places) that permit unwanted moisture to enter the attic. The moisture then condenses on framing members and on the inside of the roof deck, leading to the growth of mould, mildew, and rot.

The superior ventilation provided by the Solar Attic Vent System also helps to prevent ice dams which form as a result of heated air melting the bottom layer of roof snow which then freezes again as it runs onto the uninsulated eaves.

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Installation


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Installation


Roof

  1. Your installation package should include 4 -2” roof screws, 6 – ¾” self drilling mount screws, 4” of sealing tape, 3 Ty-raps and the panel mount.
  2. Locate the 6 – ¾”. Notice the adjustable 9” leg holes are offset. Attach the 9” leg to the bottom mount with the offset closest to the inside of the angle (Depending on your roof pitch, this may have to be moved for best adjustment later).
  3. Attach the roof mount to the solar panel. The 5” leg mounts at the single hole.
  4. Existing Attic Vent.
  5. Gently pry up existing vent approximately 4" at the bottom using a flat bar.
  6. Lift up vent and insert fan and check for fit.
  7. Carefully cut scored lines if necessary to fit and insert fan. Full size is for 75sqin vents.
  8. Ensure bottom flange seats in existing roof vent hole.
  9. Feed fan cable through the vent near the bottom, up and out, (not between the vent and shingles) then replace the vent to its original location. If you have a vent with a screen, cut a 1/2” slit in the screen and feed the cable through the slit.
  10. Mount solar panel to roof with 4 screws using the included sealing tape cut into 4 equal pieces at each screw location.
  11. Connect the fan cable to the solar panel and adjust solar panel.*
  12. CAPTURE MAXIMUM SUN! After connecting the fan cable to the solar panel, adjust solar panel to approximately 10 degrees from horizontal towards the south or southwest if possible.*
  13. After securing the panel to its most efficient adjustment, Ty-rap the cable to the adjustment leg to secure the cable.
  14. Finished unit.

* The mid summer is typically the hottest days. If possible, point the solar panel, flat to the sun, (the most exposure possible for maximum power) at approximately 3 o’clock sun. Peak heat and sun times may vary in your location.

WARNING: To protect yourself and others from injury, always exercise caution and use appropriate safety gear (restraints, safety glasses, gloves, etc.) when using a ladder, working on a rooftop, using power tools or handling a vent unit. Installation work and electrical wiring must be completed in accordance with all applicable building codes and standards, including fire requirements.

Soffit

Suggested steps for installation of a soffit vent (you may have other options). Works best with the Duraflo 8x8, 21 sq. in. Standard Gable Vent model # 620808

  1. Determine best location for fan installation. (Recommend using a feeler wire to determine if there are any obstacles which may inhibit installation).
    • Drill 1/8" hole in the middle of the proposed installation location.
    • Sing a wire (such as a coat hanger) bend it about 9" and insert it into the hole, spin it 360 degrees.
    • If nothing is in the way proceed to the next step.
    • If something is in the way, move either to another location or over a few inches from obstacle.
  2. Mark the outline of the vent.
  3. Use a Drill to make holes in the 4 corners of the outline.
  4. Recommend the use of a jig or reciprocating saw to cut outline.
  5. Drill ½" hole in location where the wire to the solar panel is to be located.
  6. Carefully cut inner scored line required to mount fan into vent and secure. Recommend 4 3/4” #6 screws.
  7. Route wire through hole and mount vent (be sure to mount vent as recommended by manufacturer).
  8. Mount and adjust solar panel on roof where best exposed sun will be located.
  9. Connect and secure wiring as needed.

Gable End

Suggested steps for installation of a gable end vent (you may have other options). Works best with the Duraflo 8x8, 21 sq. in. Standard Gable Vent model # 620808.

  1. Determine best location for fan installation.
  2. Best to ensure there is no rafter support in middle of gabled end, or electrical wiring (A look in the attic is recommended prior to installation).
  3. Mark the outline of the vent.
  4. Use a Drill to make holes in the 4 corners of the outline.
  5. Recommend the use of a jig or reciprocating saw to cut outline.
  6. Drill ½" hole in location where the wire to the solar panel is to be located.
  7. Carefully cut the inner scored line required to mount fan into vent and secure. Recommend 4 3/4” #6 screws.
  8. Route wire through hole and mount vent (be sure to mount vent as recommended by manufacturer).
  9. Mount and adjust solar panel on roof where best exposed sun will be located.
  10. Connect and secure wiring as needed.

WARNING: To protect yourself and others from injury, always exercise caution and use appropriate safety gear (restraints, safety glasses, gloves, etc.) when using a ladder, working on a rooftop, using power tools or handling a vent unit. Installation work and electrical wiring must be completed in accordance with all applicable building codes and standards, including fire requirements.

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Testimonials


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Testimonials


We own a two storey 2500 square foot home In Georgetown Ontario. Last summer when we were upgrading our roof shingles it was the perfect time to install the Solar Attic Vent. As our roofing company needed to remove the old attic vent it was not an issue for them to reinstall the vents.

Immediately we noticed that our air conditioner did not need to be set at 69-70 degrees, which we were comfortable with. We were able to reset our programmable thermostat to 74 degrees during the day and enjoy the exact same cool temperate levels in our home. The temperature differential between our main level and our second floor is not as noticeable. This is due to the fact that the stratified hot air build-up in our attic was released whenever the sun beamed onto the solar panel.

We haven’t heard any noticeable noise from the fan itself as it is very quiet. Quieter than a bathroom fan I would say and it is located on the outside of the roof. Our summer air-conditioning (electricity) bills have clearly gone down.

When I move to my next house I will definitely be installing the Solar Attic Vent.

- John, Georgetown ON

We own a side-split house in Chatham Ontario. Our attic is very well insulated, with good soffit ventilation. However, I always found it extremely hot in the upper level. You could actually feel the temperature change as you went up the stairs. Our air conditioning had difficulty cooling the upper level, and it was always at least 10 degrees hotter upstairs. The air conditioner had to be set low, in order to cool the upstairs. Still, we found it necessary to use fans, as well as the air conditioner in order to get a good nights sleep.

I had the solar vent kit installed into an existing roof vent, over the upper attic. Within a very few hours, the upstairs was noticeably cooler. There was very little temperature change between floors. During a full day of hot weather, we noticed very little change in the temperature from the lower lever to the upper level of the house. The air conditioner hardly came on at all. You could actually smell the stale, attic air in our back yard, so I know the vent was pulling that hot air out of the attic.

I was so impressed with the performance, that we had another fan kit installed into a vent in the lower section of the house.

The installation was quick, with virtually no disturbance to the shingles or the existing roof vent.

- Rick, Chatham ON

We thoroughly enjoy the installation. There is no sound at all from [the solar attic vent's] operation. It is aesthetically pleasing to our roof and best and most important of all to us is that we know it has reduced our air conditioning cooling costs considerably after being installed for only one year.

We would highly recommend this device to anyone and as well hope that in the future some government agency might consider rebating the full or partial cost of purchase and installation as an incentive to save on energy usage.

- Larry and Anne, Chatham ON