Solar Attic Fans Vs. Electric Attic Fans

Attic fans are designed to cool hot attics by drawing in cooler outside air from attic vents and pushing hot air to the outside. You have two primary choices in attic fans: solar attic fans and electric attic fans.  No matter which one you choose, you’ll save money and have a cooler, vented attic.  Here is some information about both of these different types of attic fans.

Solar Attic Fans
Solar attic fans, like this 40 watt solar Attic Fan by Quiet Cool, are eco-friendly as they will run off of the sun and use that energy. You’ll seldom have additional expenses or utility costs to vent your attic once you purchase a solar attic fan. They operate without fuel and since attic overheating coincides with high solar resources you don’t have to worry about their capacity being affected. Solar is a great way to go, but so is the competitor - electric attic fans.

Solar fans can also have an AC/DC Smart Inverter, which lets the fan run freely with sunlight during the day and then electricity at night. This will let your house have essentially free ventilation during the day and keeps your attic cool at night.

Electric Attic Fans
Electric attic fans are often less expensive upfront when compared to solar attic fans. These will not be using “fuel” either - it uses electricity instead. An energy efficient electric attic fan, like  this QuietCool Smart Attic Fan, runs efficiently, which will help you save money on your electric bill. There are smart attic fans that move a lot of air on much less wattage than competing attic fans.

Solar fans tend to be more expensive overall when it comes to the initial price point, though there are some electric attic fans of a higher cost than than solar attic fans.

Both solar attic fans and electric attic fans have little drawbacks. You really cannot go wrong with choosing one or the other. Both of them are great options with huge benefits. But if you’re having trouble deciding between the two, we’d be happy to help. Give us a call here at at 1.888-229-5757.