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Do Ceiling Fans Save Energy?
Oct 16, 2022

Do Ceiling Fans Save Energy?

Logically, when you compare ceiling fans and air conditioning, we know that ceiling fans would use less energy. But are they more efficient than air conditioners in cooling down the room, not necessarily. So, do ceiling fans actually save more energy than air conditioners? The answer is yes if you use them in the correct way. If you are considering ceiling fan installation in Rocky Point and have no idea how to use your ceiling fan so that it saves energy, keep reading this guide by HomeOps Electric.

How a Ceiling Fan Works

Air is made by ceiling fans using electricity. They don't cool the room by changing the temperature of the air, but they do help your skin cool with the wind chill effect. You also come across the wind chill effect when it’s hot outside and you point a fan toward your face. You know that the actual temperature is hot, but fanning your face helps cool it down. Electricity will be wasted if you leave a ceiling fan running while you are away for an extended period of time. However, according to some electricians, airing out your home reduces humidity and helps prevent mold. You will need to operate your fan strategically in order to save money.

How to Save Energy with Ceiling Fans

The trick to saving money is to use your ceiling fan more than your air conditioner. Using your thermostat for one hour spends around 35 cents more than if you would use your ceiling fan for an hour. Here’s a quick guide on what you should and shouldn’t do when operating your ceiling fan.

Do:

  • Raise your thermostat
  • Turn t fan on when occupying a room
  • Reverse ceiling fan rotation in the winter
  • Select the correct mounting system
  • Install energy star ceiling fans
  • Opt for a larger ceiling fan
  • Repair and maintain your ceiling fans

Don’t:

  • Run your ceiling fan all-day
  • Keep the fan on without an air conditioner
  • Leave fans on high during cool weather
  • Choose the wrong fan size

Choosing Your Fan

If you’re thinking of having a ceiling fan installation done in your home, choosing the right ceiling fan and having it installed correctly will help you get the most out of these savings. Look for models with the highest energy efficiency rating when shopping for a new fan. The cooling effect of a fan can be enhanced by having larger blades that move more air around. Choose a fan that is the right size for your space. Asking for advice from a qualified electrician can also be helpful in making a decision.

Saving Energy in the Winter

Keep your ceiling fans on the lowest setting to save energy and rotate them clockwise in the winter. Your fans should be turned counterclockwise in the summer to save energy. In the winter, ceiling fans also reduce energy consumption. The rotation of your fan aids in the downward movement of hot air that has risen back toward the ground. Your heating system won't have to work as hard to keep your home warm because all that warm air will be moving.

Do Ceiling Fans Save Energy?

The final verdict on whether ceiling fans save energy will never be a yes or no answer, but we do know that ceiling fans and air conditioning systems can be used together to improve cooling conditions. In addition, using ceiling fans in conjunction with reducing your use of heating, cooling, or both can help you save money on energy costs.

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