New and Improved BROAN Solar-Powered Attic Ventilator Turns Sunshine into Savings

April 19, 2013

HARTFORD, Wis. – The new and improved BROAN® Solar-Powered Attic Ventilator (SPAV) is the premium solution for attic ventilation, offering energy efficiency, greater savings, and top-of-the-line performance. BROAN has improved several features of its original SPAV and is now offering a lower price to deliver the best value in solar-powered attic ventilators.

New and improved features include the following:

  • Thirty-eight percent higher ventilation performance from improved design.
  • Priced 50 percent less than previous model.
  • Better value. Fewer SPAV units are needed to ventilate average attic.
  • Low profile, integrated solar panel for a clean appearance on your roof.
  • Compact base footprint, which means fewer shingles to cut for easier, faster installation.
  • Optional thermostat disables motor below 50 degrees Fahrenheit for climates where cold weather isn’t a concern (Model CWT45).

“Attic ventilation is often overlooked as a place for energy and cost savings,” says Richard Palmersheim, group VP marketing, Broan-NuTone. “Proper attic ventilation can help keep a house cooler in the summer and eliminates uneven temperatures to prevent ice dams and moisture buildup in the winter. A cool attic in summer also saves you money on your energy bill and extends the life of your air conditioner, as well as your roof.”

Powered by the sun, the BROAN SPAV begins working in the morning at first light, removing moisture from the cool overnight air and ventilating the attic before the heat of the day can build up. A standard powered attic ventilator (PAV) must wait until its thermostat detects a high temperature and signals the ventilator to begin working. According to Palmersheim, by that time, moisture may have already seeped into the insulation, and the ventilator must work longer to cool the air.

Compliant with the stringent Florida Building Code, the BROAN SPAV is completely solar powered, requires no electricity or fuel, emits no pollution and costs nothing to maintain. Homeowners who install the BROAN SPAV may qualify for a federal tax rebate of up to 30 percent of the total cost of the product and installation. With the federal tax credit and ongoing energy savings, a BROAN SPAV could save homeowners money versus a traditional PAV within one year.

The SPAVs are easy to install and will retrofit into most existing attic ventilator openings in a matter of minutes. The ventilators are capable of being remote-mounted and gable-mounted, allowing the solar panel to receive optimal sunlight while placing the ventilator in a more convenient location. For flat or steep roofs, the SPAV can be curb-mounted to create a solid platform and better manage water runoff.

The models are offered in Black and Weathered Wood to match most roof colors.

“From its category-leading performance to its aesthetically pleasing design and ease of installation, the new and improved BROAN SPAV is a high-quality product that saves homeowners money in the long run,” states Palmersheim.

To help homeowners determine their attic ventilation needs, BROAN is also introducing a new online tool. The Attic Ventilation CFM Calculator will help calculate homeowners’ attic ventilation needs quickly and easily. Homeowners simply enter their attic length, width and height (or roof pitch), along with the roof type, and the Attic Ventilation CFM Calculator provides the recommended ventilation CFM rating as well as BROAN ventilator options.

To learn more about the new BROAN Solar-Powered Attic Ventilators and other BROAN products, visit

BROAN® is registered trademark of Broan-NuTone LLC, North America’s leading manufacturer and distributor of residential ventilation products including range hoods, ventilation fans, heater/fan/light combination units, balanced ventilation systems (IAQ), built-in heaters, attic ventilators and trash compactors. NuTone® is a registered trademark of Broan-NuTone LLC, North America’s leading manufacturer and distributor of residential built-in convenience products including door chimes, central vacuum systems, ceiling fans, intercom systems, ironing centers and ventilation fans.

Broan-NuTone is proud to be an ENERGY STAR® partner.

Broan-NuTone LLC is a subsidiary of Nortek, Inc., a global, diversified company whose many market-leading brands deliver broad capabilities and a wide array of innovative, technology-driven products and solutions for lifestyle improvement at home and at work. Please visit for more information.

For more information about the full line of Broan-NuTone products, call 800-558-1711 (BROAN) or 888-336-3948 (NuTone), write Broan-NuTone, 926 W. State Street, Hartford, WI 53027 U.S.A. or visit or