The hottest summer days and the coldest winter nights can lead to cranking on the thermostat and electric bills piling up. If this sounds familiar, then it’s time to invest in a ceiling fan. Regulating the temperature in your home doesn’t have to break the bank. The truth is that ceiling fans can save you a tremendous amount of money and energy in all seasons.
Saving Money in Summer
In the summer months, running an AC is what cost the most money and uses the most energy in a home. At a cost of around 36 cents per hour of operation, it accounts for a quarter of all home energy consumption, according to stats from the US Department of Energy. However, the average cost of running a ceiling fan is just one cent per hour. Cost-effective ceiling fans used in conjunction with an efficient air conditioner can save you a big money.
Ceiling fans circulate the air in the room, giving off a wind-chill effect which helps cool any room, keeping you comfortable on hot summer days. In a home that has a good ceiling fan, one can actually turn up the AC by 4 degrees and not even feel a difference. You read that right! If you typically like your bedroom at 21 degrees Celsius, you can turn it up to 25 and use your ceiling fan to keep the temperature at feeling like 21 degrees for you. Imagine the money that this could save you!
Saving Money In Winter
A ceiling fan won’t just save you money during hot days, but they also help on the coldest of days. Ceiling fans that have a reversible motor are money savers in colder seasons. With the flip of a switch that is found on the side of their motor housing, most ceiling fans will change rotations, and go clockwise. This reverse motion creates an updraft in the room, moving the hot air around without the wind-chill effect. With even distribution of heat throughout a room, the thermostat can be turned down and money will be saved.
Find the Perfect Fan for You
To make sure your ceiling fan is saving you the most money, you want to buy the right size fan with the right blades for your room. The blade-pitch of your fan affects your air circulation. a cheap fan with a 10-degree blade pitch from home depot won’t cool your house down like a nicer 12 degree will– and you don’t have to pay any more than you would at one of the big box stores! Finally, consider getting a super quiet, high efficientcy DC motor fan or and Energy Star qualified one, these have guaranteed power savings over old school AC motors.