When you think about the sun, what is the first thing that pops into your head? Sunny Summer barbecues? Getting out onto the water and catching a tan? The scorching center of our solar system? Whatever it is, getting cool is probably not at the top of the list. However, the sun is the most versatile, constant source of power we have, and that means it can power much more than a lazy afternoon in the hammock. It can actually keep you cool!
As solar panels continue to get cheaper and more efficient, a whole world of new applications is opening up. Solar powered fans are all the rage this year, and with a number of types and models to choose from, it’s never been easier to stay cool with solar. There are highly portable personal fans that you can use for camping or traveling. If you want to get the breeze moving at home, there are desk, standing, and ceiling fans that are all powered with personal solar panels. There are even solar powered fan hats that are great for hiking, fishing, and concerts. Pick one of these up and enjoy turning solar power into wind power!
One specialized fan we love is the Solar Star RM 1500 ventilation fan from Solatube. This solar powered attic fan vents heat and moisture from your home, keeping it cool and dry, and giving you greater comfort and prolonging the life of your roof, all while saving energy and lowering your utility bills. It has a sleek design that blends in nicely with the roof structure, and uses cutting-edge technology to do its job efficiently. We love this fan so much that we actually sell and install it. Come visit our educational showroom for more information.
But what about your in-home AC? It takes a lot of energy to cool a house, as anyone who has opened their power bill this August is well aware of. This is where a whole-home photo-voltaic system really shines. Depending on the size of your system, the sunny months could actually mean cheaper power bills, all while keeping your home cool and comfortable. While you have that power bill handy, come get a free quote and see how much you can save. Even if you’re happy with your power bill, summer blackouts can be deadly. With a battery backup system hooked up to your solar panels, you can stay safe and cool no matter what happens to the grid.
If you pay attention to the news, or even just step outside, you know that the planet is only getting hotter. New heat records seem to be broken every month, and it’s easy to feel helpless against the rising mercury. Solar power can keep your home and vehicle cool without breaking the bank, which keeps your head cool too!