Hi, folks. I’m glad I found Roofing.com! Looks like a great forum.
Judging by what I’ve read here and in other places, having the ridge vent installed on the hip roof of my home was big mistake. We can tell the difference in the comfort level of the living area and in the utility bill.
The wife and I have decided to go back to powered ventilation, even though the ventilation didn’t seem the greatest with the original powered ventilation that came with the house. We are considering solar powered ventilation. I’m sold on it, but the wife is skeptical because it doesn’t seem that the conventional powered ventilation would use that much power and, thusly, make enough of an impact on the utility bill to justify the cost of the more expensive solar powered system.
So, I suppose I have two questions…
How soon will the solar powered system pay for itself when you consider the difference in the power bill between solar powered and conventional?
Upon installation of the powered ventilation system, will it be necessary to replace the ridge vent with a conventional ridge?
Thank you for your time and knowledge!!