Ceiling fans were the first electric-powered comfort appliances widely used in homes, providing efficient cooling and graceful aesthetics for nearly a century. If you're not in the habit of using a ceiling fan with your A/C to help stay cool, give these old-time air movers a whirl and soon see the energy savings you’ve been missing.
Refreshing and Comfortable
Ceiling fans aren't designed to lower the temperature of a room. However, one ceiling fan operating in an average-sized room can make it feel four degrees cooler to occupants and use about 30 to 150 times less electricity than an A/C. That’s a watt to think about, and then some. Here’s how:
- Air movement across the skin creates a wind chill effect, which effectively and more quickly removes moisture and heat from the skin, helping us to cool off faster.
- By circulating airflow through a room, at any speed, a ceiling fan helps the room feel refreshing, comfortable and lively, rather than stuffy and stagnant.
Selection and Installation
Ceiling fans are available in a wide variety of styles, colors, sizes and efficiency ratings to suit any tastes and budget. Optional features include motion detectors, dimmer switches, timers, programmable devices and hand-held controls. If you're installing new ceiling fans in your home, look for the Energy Star logo for higher-efficiency models. Energy Star-qualified fans move air about 20 percent more efficiently than standard models.
Installing a ceiling fan requires skill, knowledge and experience with electrical connections and mounting hardware. Keep in mind that there may be up to 50 pounds of hardware, blades and glass hanging and spinning above your head.
Ceiling Fans, A/C and Savings
Experiment with your ceiling fan and turning up the thermostat to cut A/C costs. With so many variations for savings and comfort (don’t forget about programmable ceiling fan devices and motion detectors), you may potentially make deep cuts into your cooling costs, and that means a lot of savings in our region.
Give ceiling fans a whirl and your energy budget a break. Contact Air Control Heating & Cooling for more details about selection, installation and usage tips.
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