A solar fan is an attic fan powered by solar panels. The solar panels are either mounted on the device or are installed elsewhere. Solar fans mostly do not require secondary power sources other than solar power, as most of them are used for cooling purposes during day time. It runs the fastest when it is the hottest outside (and lets just be honest, its been more than "hottest" this summer) providing generous savings on air conditioning costs.
There are a couple choices when it comes to Solar Powered Fans
Solar Powered Attic Fans - Provide excellent circulation of air in attics of homes.
Solar Powered Gable Fans - Installed in the gables, they are almost always smaller but more powerful. They are typically used in garages or barns or other storage applications where moisture is prevalent.
A solar fan is leaps and bounds more environmentally friendly
Cheaper long term solution - provides up to 30% on air conditioning costs.
No electrical cords
So take a gander and let us know what you think. Until then, take care.
Thursday, August 2, 2012
Ironaway Installation Instructions
Small Flat Head Screwdriver
¼’ Nut Driver
1/8’ Drill Bit
- Determine desire ironing board height using the chart below. Care should be taken to ensure the unit will be mounted at the desired ironing board height
- Using a stud Finder, locate the wall studs to be used for mounting.
- Locate the existing wiring or other utilities in the wall to prevent drilling into or severing a wire or other utility during installation
- Determine the desired location has adequate clearing for ironing. Door opens approximately 180 degrees. Allow at least 16’ from side of cabinet for door to swing open.
- Cut an opening in the wall per the opening sizes shown below.
- Attach 2” x 4” cross support cleat between the studs, level with the bottom of the opening.
- The cabinet will be attached to studs using four screws, one in ach side at the top of cabinet and one in each side at bottom of cabinet. Using a 1/8” drill bit, pre-drill pilot holes approximately 14” from the top of the cabinet and 1 ½” from the back of the cabinet. For models without a swivel, pre-drill pilot hole approximately 14” from the bottom and 1 1/2'” from the back of the cabinet. For models with a swivel board, complete steps 8, 9, and 10 before pre-drilling holes for bottom location.
NOTE: If an electrical model is being installed, the temporary removal of the electrical wire way may be helpful to complete this step. Reinstall electrical wire way after cabinet is attached to studs.
- Being installation by carefully lifting ironing center into the wall opening.
- Plumb and level the cabinet. Shim to fit.
- For models with swivels, continue with Step 12. For models without swivels, attach cabinet to studs using the four, pre-drilled holes with four #10 11/2” screws. Once complete, continue to Step 13.
- Attach cabinet to studs using the two pre-drilled holes and two #10 x ½” screws for the top installation. Locate the side ironing board brackets that are secured to the cabinet with three screws each. Remove the top screw only from each side bracket. Use this location to pre-drill pilot holes for bottom installation location. Pre-drill a pilot hole through top hole in each bracket into stud. Finish attaching cabinet into studs using the #14 2 ½” screws for the just completed two pre-drilled holes in each side bracket.
- Decorative trim may be added to cover any irregularity on wall.