This was always the time of year when I started dreaded going up into my parents' attic. Ye gods, it was hot up there. Those black roof tiles turned our attic into an oven that never cooled down no matter how high the air conditioner had been cranked up. I swear, it was thousands of degrees in that attic, and I thought I would burst into flames every time I walked up that rickety, ceiling-mounted ladder.
Of course, that was 20 years ago, before the advent of attic fans like Solatube's Solarstar
. This great solar-powered attic fan comes with a 10-watt solar panel, so it can cool your attic (and thereby your entire house) without costing you a penny in electricity.
Solarstar comes in a variety of options, so it can be customized for the size of your home and/or attic. And it's hardly the only model on the market. Attic Breeze
makes several models, with solar panels ranging from 20 to 40 watts. Amazon has several makes and models for sale, including this one from Natural Light, which is (as of this writing) on sale for $313 (compared to the $500 list price).
Depending on the model you pick, you may or may not be able to order and install these fans yourself. Others are only available from registered local dealers, who will not only sell it to you but also install it. Check with the electricians in your area to see if anyone has something available, or buy online and give it a go yourself.
But don't delay. We're just weeks away from the hottest months of the year. Why not make that call and cut your energy costs for August before it gets too late?