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Solar Exhaust Fan

The Solar Guys - Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Are you trying to keep your cooling costs down? A solar exhaust fan, like those made by Solar Star, may be the answer! These sun-powered cooling devices will reduce your cooling costs and save your air conditioner! The best part is that these fans cost nothing to run!

With a solar exhaust fan, the sun works for you! Because this fan uses solar power there is no increase on your electric bill. In fact, by installing an attic fan and keeping your attic cooler, you’ll lighten the load on your air conditioner. The heat that builds up in an attic leaches into your house, forcing your air conditioner to work harder and harder. When you invest in a solar exhaust fan you can significantly reduce the strain on your air conditioner. This not only reduces the frequency and cost of repairs to your system, but also extends its lifetime.

Another benefit to reducing the strain on your air conditioner is reduced cooling costs. When an air conditioner runs all day, those costs add up and show on your electric bill. Your air conditioner won’t have to work as long and as hard to keep your house cool when you have a solar exhaust fan cooling your attic, and the difference will show on your utility bill.

If reduced cooling costs, less maintenance on your air conditioner and a lower electric bill sound too good to pass up give us a call and we’ll get you started. We have a variety of fans and we’ll help you find the right one for your house. Whether your attic is large or small or your roof is low sloped or steep sloped, we have the Solar Star attic fan for you. Do you already have a vent in your attic? We have fans to convert any style of vent, from gable vents to whirlybirds to powered vents.

Our certified, expert staff will get your new attic fan installed in about two hours, no matter what type of roof you have. Because we believe that we offer the best product and service, we offer a five-year warranty on the solar panel and monitor, a ten-year warranty on all other components, and a limited lifetime warranty on the installation.

Need any other reasons to get a Solar Star fan? They also prevent condensation in your insulation during the winter, which reduces mold and mildew. Solar Star fans also meet requirements for high velocity hurricane zones. They even qualify for a 30% federal tax credit! With so many money saving benefits, can you afford to not have a solar exhaust fan

Window Tinting Pricing

The Solar Guys - Friday, January 24, 2014

There are a few things to consider before asking how much is window tinting going to cost.  There are many different qualities that influence the pricing of window tinting. First, the number of windows in your home or commercial building will effect the base prices. Please know that the sizes of the windows can effect the pricing as well. Also, there are several different types of window tint that you can choose from. Each tint is of high quality and great for either your home or commercial space. We use Huper Optik Nano-Ceramic Window Films. We offer four different types film, each with their own unique set of attributes that will help narrow down what your exact tinting needs are.

First in our line of tints is the Fusion Traditional Tint Series. This Huper Optik Traditional Window Tint Series film is the right tint for those looking for a reflective, energy-saving tint for either home or commercial building. This line is the most affordable line we have. The quality of this traditional tint series is equivalent to other brand name tints on the market.

Second is the Ceramic Film Series. Ceramic is one of the most durable materials of our time and is used in many industries. Ceramic is able to withstand the harshest of environments, water, land, heat, and cold. These ceramic films reject heat and glare without effecting the visual aspects of the window itself. This film has minimal reflective properties and does not appear shiny. This film is able to maintain a very natural view, day and night.

Next is our highest performing and technologically advanced film on the market, The Select Ceramic Film Series. This film provides the highest amount of protection and heat rejection. The visibility through the window is not hindered and the film rejects damaging infa-red and and ultra-violet rays that cause additional heat. This film resists fading and has a soft tone that does not look metallic of shiny.

Lastly is our Safety, Security, and Privacy Series. This film has been designed with your consumer/family in mind. This film helps protect your windows through everything life throws at them, whether it be a storm, burglary, or an accident. This film helps your windows be more shatter resistant, holding glass pieces in their place. This film not only keeps the heat and extreme sunlight at bay, but it also helps keep your customers or family members safe without the view threw you window being compromised.

Another great way to find an answer to, how much is window tinting, is by visiting any of our showrooms. The locations and addresses are on our contact page. We will be more than happy to sit down with you and discuss further about your window tinting desires if you would like schedule a free consultation.

What’s great about solar powered attic fans?

The Solar Guys - Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Heat and moisture are fine when you’re on vacation but when it comes to your attic, you want it as cool and dry as possible. To achieve this goal, solar powered attic fans are the way to go.

Our product is called Solar Star attic fans, which are run by the suns hot rays alone. Our attic fans do not require any additional electricity. Investing in solar powered attic fans is the most efficient way to keep your attic cool, dispel additional moisture, and to keep your electric bill lowered.

During the summer, solar powered attic fans keep your home cool and decrease any extreme heat buildup in your home. During the winter, these fans help reduce moisture. Keeping out all the additional water droplets that can make your attic their home will increase the longevity of your roof life, stretching your hard earned dollar even more. (Plus it’s one less thing to worry about during the holidays up north if your roof isn’t falling into your attic because of the water/snow buildup on/in your roof).

Having a solar powered attic fan is also very Eco-friendly, reducing your carbon footprint on our world. With it’s solar-powered design you’re not only making the best of your current available natural resources, you’re also reducing your electricity consumption. Over years, this consumption adds up and you can give yourself a pat on the back for knowing you did your part in helping preserve our earth.

Our solar powered attic fans are compatible with all types of roof designs and architecture builds. After installation, your roof will not be prone to any leaks or drips. Our snug fit design will mold into your attic and roof flawlessly with it’s seamless one piece Steel Flashing and Powder Coated Steeling Housing. Our fans are easy to install. There’s no extensive wiring, long assembly, mess, or electrical fire hazard. It’s straightforward and fast. It takes relatively 45 minutes to install. To ease your nerves and as a promise to you, we offer a Lifetime Installation Warranty. Once the fan and panels are installed, there they will remain. Our fans and solar panels are made to handle some of the most inclement of weather. The solar power panel screen is coated in a non-corrosive polymeric integral vent screen, keeping out the worst of the weather. The Solar Star attic fans are even Hurricane Zone Rated.

We want you to make a fully informed decision about our product. We would like to share with you more information about our Solar Star solar powered attic fans

Tinted Windows

The Solar Guys - Monday, January 06, 2014

Tinted windows are an excellent way to keep any building, commercial or residential, cooler in the summer. They even block out the harmful rays of the sun, so your furnishings will look newer longer. Window tints also save lots of money on utility bills and that is good for the budget and the climate! Not all tinted windows are created equal; some are made with dyes which fade over time. Others are metallic and will break down and corrode. If window tints are of poor quality or poorly applied, they can bubble, change color, or peel, and no one wants that in their home or office. The solution is high quality, Huber Optik window films skillfully applied by The Solar Guys!

The Solar Guys is a family owned, local, central Florida company that has been in business since 2001. They hold both a general contractors license and a roofing license, and all technicians are factory trained, fully covered by worker’s compensation and general liability insurance, and have passed background checks. We have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and are an authorized Huber Optik dealer. We also offer Solar Star attic fans, and are authorized dealers for Solatube solar tube skylights.

Huber Optik offers a wide variety of films for tinted windows from the low cost fusion tint series to the ceramic and select ceramic series. Huber Optic is the only company that offers a full line of patented Nano Ceramic window films. These leading edge films contain no dyes or metals, and block heat without interfering with visibility, if anything they make the view even better by removing the glare. The safety and security series goes one step further and actually increase the shatter resistance of glass by holding the pieces together. This helps protect your property in case of accidents or storms.

All our window films come in whatever tone the client wants, from clear to blackout. We install these films on the inside of the windows so they last a long, long time. Installation is performed by our certified technicians who will carefully move and replace any furniture and clean the windows before applying the film; no preparation is required of the client. No chemicals are used in the application, and there is no strong odor, so it is safe and comfortable for your family or employees. Once installed these tinted windows clean up with a mild solution, a few drops of dish detergent in a spray bottle of water, so they are easy to maintain.

So for greater comfort and lower bills (some buildings reporting up to 30% savings on their utility bills) Let The Solar Guys show you what a great investment tinted windows can be!

Window Tint

The Solar Guys - Thursday, January 02, 2014

We all want to save money on our electric bills and window tint from The Solar Guys is a great way to stop heat from coming into your home or office in the summer. Studies show that the doors and windows of any building are the main places that heat transference occurs. If you can stop it there you can save up to 30% on your utility bills in peak season. Have you ever felt how hot the glass on a window in full sun becomes in summer? This is the heat transference that a good window film can prevent.

Applying a window tint is one of the best investments you can make in your home. Top quality Huber Optik window films have so many extra benefits, besides keeping the heat on the right side of the glass. By blocking up to 99% of harmful UV rays tinted windows help protect your furnishings, drapes and carpets from fading and far from decreasing the view, these tints actually improve it, by cutting out glare like a good pair of sunglasses. You can choose a dark or reflective film to make it harder to see into your house from the outside and minimizes the risk of flying glass in the case of breakage by causing the pieces of glass to stick together.

There are many types of window tint on the market. The trouble with many of them is that they contain either dyes or metals. Over time a dye will fade and any metal in the film will corrode causing demetalization. Huber Optik makes spectrally tuned ceramic films which block heat without impairing the visibility of the window. Ceramic is so good at blocking heat that the space shuttle used it as insulation.

There is always the option to replace the windows with insulated double or triple pane windows and if the frames are degrading or the panes are loose that might be a good option. However if the windows are in good shape they can be tinted with a good quality film for about one fifth the cost and still get excellent results. Most window tint is applied to the inside of the window so it lasts a long time and since no chemicals are involved in the application process there is no mess, smell, or environmental hazard.

Depending on the location of the windows, or glass doors, there are many choices in terms of not only temperature control, but sun blockage, shatter proofing, visibility form the outside. So if you are ready to “green” your home or office and save money on utility bills one of the best moves you can make is to upgrade your home with a high quality window tint.

Skylights

The Solar Guys - Monday, December 30, 2013

Skylights have come a long way in the last decades. A traditional skylight is basically a window in the roof. Unfortunately they have limitations; they require structural reframing and can only be placed where there is no attic or crawl space between the roof and the ceiling. They are vulnerable to leaks and are difficult to clean if they become dirty… and they do! There is another way to get natural light into those dark places in your home without any of these disadvantages: the solar tube!

The finest solar tubes, also known as tubular skylights on the market are made by Solatube and The Solar Guys is the premier authorized dealer for Solatube in the central Florida area. Solatube offers products that are simply the best from the roof mounting which has been shown to hold up better and not cause long term roof damage (unlike some other brands) to a fine selection of options so you can have a solar tube that fits your need exactly!

Tubular skylights, work by capturing sunlight on the roof and reflecting it down a tube into a fixture in the ceiling. The inside fixture can be flush with the ceiling, or you can select one of the stylish options that look more like traditional light fixtures. Additional accessories include a ventilation kit, and a daylight dimmer to soften of shut out the light completely.

There are a couple options to allow the skylights to continue to serve as a light source after sunset. The first is a light add-on kit which uses a regular florescent bulb which can be switched on at night. The second option is the Solatube Smart LED System featuring SunSense Technology to keep the room evenly lit as daylight fades and into the night. It monitors the daylight levels of light and activates the LED system as needed. This system can be further improved upon by adding the Occupancy Sensor which only triggers the LED lights when someone is in the room. No more paying for electricity to light up empty rooms! LED lights are one of the most efficient and long lasting lights available today.

Tubular skylights can be quickly and easily installed by our trained professional technicians, usually in about 45 minutes, but even a do-it-yourselfer can usually get one installed in less than a day. The Solar Guys want you to know that our technicians are factory trained and certified, and have passed a background test. We are a family owned company that was founded in 2001, we are licensed general contractors and also hold a Florida Roofing License. We put a special emphasis on customer service with over 25,000 satisfied customers.

A skylight has always been a great idea, and now tubular skylights have just made daylight available and practical for almost any dark room in the house. 

Window Film

The Solar Guys - Friday, December 27, 2013

Window film is one of the best ideas for saving money on your electric bill. Huper Optik is one of the top producers of window films and The Solar Guys are the only authorized Huber Optik dealer in central Florida.

Huber Optik offers window film to meet every need, both commercial and residential. The most affordable is the Traditional Window Tint Series which has reflective film properties and is comparable to top brand name tints on the market. Next we have the ceramic films, which contain no metal or dye, and will not fade. Ceramics are the most durable material, and unlike dyed or metallized films, Hüper Optik's ceramic films have a high degree of heat rejection and low reflectivity. A natural view is maintained both day and night. The highest performing films on the market are Hüper Optik Select Ceramic films, which keep out damaging infra-red and ultra-violet light that causes heat and fades carpets, paint, and furnishings, they let in visible light, so you can see out, but the heat can not come in. These films have a soft neutral tone and do not appear metallic or shiny.

Window film can do more than keep heat where it belongs. The Huber Optik Safety, Security and Privacy series can make your tinted windows not only resistant to heat transference, but also much safer. These window films make the glass more shatter resistant, actually holding the pieces of glass firmly in place, but they never keep the sunlight from shining in. Our coatings will cut down on glare, which actually improves the view out the window. You can choose very dark window coatings if you do wish to block the view, either in or out. Window film is also a much more economical option than replacing the windows.

One of the best things about Huber Optik window films is the low maintenance. They can be cleaned with a couple drops of dishwashing liquid in a spray bottle of water and that is all the maintenance they require. The Solar Guys install the film on the inside to protect it from damage so it lasts longer. There are no chemicals used during the application so your family and pets are never at risk.

If a building is bleeding money in the form of utility bills there are a number of steps you can take to tighten it up and start saving money on utility bills. Tinting your windows, adding an attic fan to decrease heat exchange from the roof, and making sure your insulation is sufficient can all cause a dramatic decrease in utility bills all year round. So whether you need window film for home or office The Solar Guys can install it safely and efficiently. 

Solar Tube

The Solar Guys - Thursday, December 26, 2013

There are many ways to keep your house cool and well lit while saving money and being kind to the environment. Installing an attic fan or tinted windows will help keep your house cool in the summer, but how do you get daylight into those inner rooms? If your room is ideally situated and has the right kind of roof you can have a skylight installed, but what if it is under an attic, or there is not enough ceiling for a traditional skylight? The answer is a tubular skylight, also known as a solar tube!

The solar tube is one of the most ingenious inventions in recent decades. It allows a room to be lit by natural sunlight, even if there is no window. Solar tubes began to be commercially available in 1991, and unlike traditional skylights, do not require major reconstruction work. The small opening is less subject to leakage and since they require minimal space, they are ideal for hallways, closets, and bathrooms. Unlike a skylight a solar tube can be installed on any type of roof. Most of us are used to electric lights at night, but during the day rooms lit only by electricity seem gloomy. Solar tubes can beautifully light any room all day long, which saves money and energy, so it is good for both your budget and the environment. Another great thing about solar tubes is that, like windows, there is so little that can go wrong.

Here at The Solar Guys we sell and install the Solatube brand because it is the all-around best brand on the market! We are the only Premier Dealer for Solatube products in Central Florida. The Solatube Daylighting Systems brighten rooms effectively and evenly. Our patented technology gives consistent light through the day and all year long. We also offer a way for your solar tube to work at night as well. The Solatube Smart LED System monitors daylight levels and activates the integrated LED light automatically when available light is low; it operates automatically and lasts longer than traditional electric lighting which saves you money. There are a number of optional add-ons available like an occupancy sensor which triggers the LEDs only when someone is in the room, or a ventilation add-on kit, which basically adds a fan to increase air ventilation. You can even get a daylight dimmer to reduce the light during the day. There are a variety of ceiling fixtures available, so there is no need to sacrifice style.

So if you need more light in your house, consider letting The Solar Guys install a solar tube in your home.

Window Tinting

The Solar Guys - Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Window tinting is a great way to save money on home cooling and The Solar Guys offer window tints by Hüper Optik. Who doesn’t want to save money on their electric bill? In Florida the biggest drain on electricity is keeping your house cool in the summer. The roof is the second largest heat exchange in the home; but windows and doors are areas where the most heat gain and loss occurs. Proper insulation and an attic fan can greatly reduce the heat that gets in through the roof and Tinted windows can prevent a great deal of the unwanted heat exchange that occurs through windows.

The Solar Guys have a variety of Hüper Optik window tinting products, ranging from completely clear appearance to a total blackout look. You can choose a film that gives the windows the glare reduction capabilities of HD sunglasses, or decreases the ability for someone to see into your home without compromising the sun’s natural light through your clear windows. We use Hüper Optik products because they are the best on the market! Even if you have a factory tint on your windows low-E films only block about 44% of the ultraviolet light, while Hüper Optik window films block 99.9%. This very effective window tint can lower utility bills, as much as 30% during peak seasons, and all year round by preventing heat transference in both summer and winter, and it actually strengthens the window, improves the shatter resistance of glass by holding glass pieces firmly in place.

You could replace your windows with new energy efficient windows, but that can cost up to 5 times more that window tinting, and be very disruptive to your home while they are being installed, but what about when window film is applied? At The Solar Guys, we pride ourselves on customer service. The film is applied on the inside of the windows. There are no chemicals used, and no smells during the process. Our trained technicians will carefully move any furniture and clean each window before we apply the tint, then carefully replace the furniture where you had it.

Feel free to check out our qualifications. We have an A+ rating with the better business bureau, and hold both contracting and roofing licenses, and our employees are fully covered by workers' compensation and general liability insurance. Because we are concerned for the safety of you and your family we do a background check on all our employees. We started in 2001 as a family owned business and that is what we remain; product quality, business integrity, and customer satisfaction are the most important things to us.

So even if you have never considered it before, let The Solar Guys show you what top quality window tinting can do for your home. 

Attic Fan

The Solar Guys - Monday, December 23, 2013

A Solar Star Attic Fan Can Be Your Solution

The attic in any house can be the source of many problems; an attic fan can help solve many of them. Solar Star makes some of the best solar powered attic fans around, and The Solar Guys in central Florida can install the right one for you.

In Florida the two biggest problems with attics are heat and humidity. The first solution to this problem was to put gable vents in the walls of the attic at either end of the house. Like many solutions, this actually led to more problems. Infestations by rats, raccoons, wasps, bats, and other pests are even worse than the heat and humidity the vents solved. Passive vents like dormers and whirlybirds were better, but still not an active solution. Fortunately we now have access to an attic fan powered by solar energy; once installed they run at no cost and keep animals out.

Every home owner is concerned with preserving their property and saving money on utility bills. There are many things we can do to achieve these goals. Maintaining a reasonable indoor temperature and controlling humidity are key, but air conditioning can drive the electric bill up fast. Tinted windows will reduce cooling costs and protect furnishings from fading, solar tubes can bring light to dark areas of the home at little or no cost, and any use of solar energy will help defray those utility bills that increase every summer. However one of the best things you can do for your whole house is to get some ventilation to your attic and the best way to do it is with a Solar Star attic fan from The Solar Guys.

If heat and humidity build up in the attic the entire house will be hotter, requiring the air conditioner to work harder to keep it cool; this uses more electricity and shortens the life span of the air conditioning unit. The humidity will infiltrate the wood and insulation in the attic, causing the insulation to become less effective and the wood to mildew and rot.

Solar Star solar attic fans comes in 2 roof mounted options (depending on the size of the attic) and also has an interior mounted version for transforming an existing attic vent into a solar powered fan. They usually install in less than an hour, cost nothing to operate, have no electrical hook-ups (so no fire hazard), and are hurricane zone rated. An attic fan will also help keep the garage much more comfortable which means the things you store in it will not deteriorate.

So if you can only do one thing for your home, consider adding a Solar Star solar powered attic fan from The Solar Guys.


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