If you have ceiling fans installed in your home, you already know how they enhance any décor and how well they cool down rooms. But ceiling fans have many more benefits as well, especially when you consider the cost savings and how ceiling fans save home energy—in every season.
As a homeowner you may be used to switching on your ceiling fans in the spring when it begins to get warm, and then turning them off in favor of central air conditioning when the heat of summer hits. If this sounds familiar, you should consider how ceiling fans can be used in summer months to save energy in the home.
Running your ceiling fans in a counter-clockwise direction during summer months provides the best energy savings. Powerful motors from premier manufacturers are designed to efficiently move more cubic feet of air per minute, making a room feel much cooler because of the circulatory breeze. Ceiling fans with these high performance motors use about as much electricity as a 100-watt light bulb even on the fan’s highest speed, saving energy and money while still providing exceptional air comfort. As long as the outside temperature isn’t too high, you may be able to turn off your air conditioner, open a few windows, and allow the ceiling fan to circulate air that can make you feel up to eight degrees cooler and reduce your air conditioning bills by 40% or more.
If the outside temperature does rise very high, you can use air conditioning and ceiling fans together. When a ceiling fan is working, the air conditioner doesn’t have to work as hard and yet the room can stay perfectly comfortable. You can save home energy and reduce costs by raising your A/C settings up to 12 degrees as long as your ceiling fan is running at the same time. The air is just as pleasant at the higher A/C settings since the ceiling fan circulates the cool air around the room.
The home energy savings of ceiling fans doesn’t end when summer ends. Many homeowners simply turn off their ceiling fans when it gets cold, assuming that they’re only useful to cool down rooms. In fact, by simply running your ceiling fan in a clockwise direction, you can reduce heating costs by around 10% or more by offsetting the HVAC workload. Since warm air is lighter than cool air and warm air is nearest the ceiling, ceiling fans push warm air up against the ceiling and then down the walls. This recirculates warm air throughout each of your rooms without causing a cooling breeze.
Install a Ceiling Fan to Save Home Energy
To get the most cost and energy savings out of your ceiling fans you must first ensure that they’re installed correctly. If you have a large home, you may need to install several ceiling fans placed strategically in key locations that will most effectively move air. For the best air flow you want to install the fan so that the blades are seven to ten feet from the floor, with at least eighteen inches from the nearest wall for optimal performance. If you are unsure, a reputable ceiling fan store with experienced ceiling fan staff should be able to provide expert advice.
Energy Star Ceiling Fans
Compared to conventional fans, Energy Star ceiling fans are 75% more efficient, circulating 15 to 20% more air and producing 70% less heat. Energy Star ceiling fans with lights also use compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) that last up to ten times longer than incandescent light bulbs.
Ceiling Fans Reduce Costs and Save Energy in the Home
When used properly, high performance ceiling fans and Energy Star ceiling fans can save you money in any season—up to 40% in air conditioning costs and as much as 10% in heating costs. You can “go green” without sacrificing one degree of comfort and even save money at the same time. Browse high performance ceiling fans or Energy Star fans at www.CeilingFan.com or call 877.724.2326 toll-free to learn more about how ceiling fans save home energy.