FAQ’s About Solar Attic Fans

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No other solar attic fan has attained as much national attention and recognition as SunRise Solar’s. No other solar attic fan is sold in more parts of the world than SunRise Solar.

How does a SunRise Solar Attic Fan save money on utilities?
SunRise Solar attic fans are unique, solar-powered ventilation fans that remove heat from your attic. It’s so effective it can lower attic temperatures by as much as 50°! This means less heat radiating back into your living area, less drain on your air conditioning system, and less cost to you. In fact, up to 30% less money spent on air conditioning costs alone! more…

Are there any tax credits/rebates available?
YES. The SunRise Solar attic fan qualifies for a 30% Federsrsfaqsal tax credit. In addition, some states and utility companies offer additional rebates.

Is any wiring required to install your solar attic vents?
NO. The SunRise Solar attic fan ships completely assembled and tested, ready for installation.

Is it a problem if I already have a ridge vent on my home?
NO. A ridge vent will not interfere with the operation of your solar powered attic fan. Keep in mind the placement of the fan when used in conjunction with a ridge vent. The SunRise Solar attic fan can be located slightly lower than normal so as to not interfere with the ridge vent. Feel free to contact us for assistance.

What side of the roof should the unit be installed?
South or West is best, but not mandatory. SunRise solar attic fans have solar panels that are very responsive to ambient sunlight. Unlike others on the market, our solar powered attic fans do not have to be oriented with a compass, or tilted toward the sun. If the roof location doesn’t have all-day sun exposure, SunRise Solar offers a Remote Panel Unit which has a remote solar panel that can be mounted anywhere you can find sun on the roof! On a north-facing roof slope, the remote panel can be placed over the ridge on the south side, allowing the solar panel to catch the most direct sun. Our 30 Watt SunRise 1600 attic fans are available with a tilting solar panel for that hard to find sunny spot.

I’ve seen other solar fans with adjustable panels. Does SunRise Solar offer that?
YES. The SunRise 1600 Solar Attic Fan is available with a tilting solar panel. All brackets are heavy duty blackened Stainless Steel to stand up to any weather or climate.

Will your solar attic fans stand up to bad weather conditions?
Totally weatherproof, our panels are designed for optimum efficiency and are hail and extreme weather resistant. Our largest customers are located in known storm areas such as Florida, Hawaii, California, Texas and the French West Indies. SunRise Solar attic fans are made out of UV stabilized ABS composite material and stainless steel. It’s completely non-corrosive, heat and flame resistant, and can withstand environmental abuse that metals cannot.

Is there a thermostat?
YES, the SunRise Solar Attic Fan comes with a thermal snap switch that is preset to turn the fan ON at 80 degrees and OFF at 65 degrees. The solar fan thermostat is built into the fan so there is no assembly required.

How do I figure out which model to order? How do I know if I need a flat-mount or a curb-mount?
Generally speaking our Flat Base Solar Attic Fans are designed for a shingled roof, while the Curb Base Solar Attic Fan is meant for a commercial or residential type flat roof. You can always contact us via email for unique situations.

What kind of batteries does the fan use?
There are no batteries on SunRise Solar attic fans.  The unit uses no electricity or batteries. Our solar attic fan is designed to run from SunRise to sunset. We DO however make a backup system that allows your fan to run via AC power. Contact us for more information if you need your fan to run at night.

So it doesn’t work at night?
As the sun is beating down on your roof the SunRise Solar attic fan is at work keeping the attic at a comfortable temperature. As the sun sets, giving off less heat, the fan also slows down. Since your your attic has been kept cool during the day, there is no need for the fan to operate at night. This feature helps extend the life of the motor. We DO make a backup system that allows your fan to run via AC power. Contact us for more information if you need your fan to run at night.

Is the SunRise solar attic fan quiet?
YES. Our highly efficient brushless motor is super quiet. Your SunRise Solar Attic Fan will never be a nuisance like other fans that hum and vibrate on your roof.

Can I transform an electric vent to a solar-powered vent?
YES. The SunRise Solar Fan was designed to retrofit over any existing electric fan opening.

Can I install a SunRise Solar attic fan myself or do I need to hire someone?
Our solar powered attic fans are very easy to install (although many people choose to hire someone to install it for them).  Anyone handy with tools should feel comfortable doing an installation.