Ceiling fans are a great way to both cool and heat your home or office space while saving you money and energy. However, it’s not a simple case of installing any ceiling fan in any room to start saving immediately. You have to assure the specifications of your fan are correct for the room and you use the right setting so get the maximum benefits from your ceiling fans. This is how you can save energy.
How Can I Save Money With A Ceiling Fan?
The majority of ceiling fans use about the same amount of energy as a 100 watt light bulb. Whereas a typical central air conditioning unit uses over 3,000 watts. For ceiling fans to work best you will need to make some adjustments as the seasons change and to increase the fans’ efficiency. You will also need to make sure the fan size is the best fit for your room.
Summer – A ceiling fan will not cool the air all by itself. In the summer you will need to raise the temperature of your thermostat slightly so the fan has air to circulate. Having the fan run anti-clockwise and on a high setting will direct air down creating a cool breeze.
Winter – Conversely, in winter, the fan should run clockwise on a low setting to push air up and then back down to warm a room evenly and consistently. This will mean you can reduce the temperature of your heating unit because it does not have to work as hard to keep your home warm.
Size and angle – Installing the right size fan is vital to making ceiling fans more energy efficient. If the blades are too big or too small for the room then you likely to waste energy rather than save. You also have to make sure the fan is mounted correctly and doesn’t wobble to circulate air more efficiently.
If the blades are too flat then the fan will effect on the temperature of your room. For example, if a fan blade is less than 12 degrees, then it will just cut through the air rather than circulating it. To make sure your ceiling fan saves energy instead of eating it, the blade angle needs to be a minimum of 12 degrees. For general use, however, blades with an angle of 14 degrees or above will do the trick.
Maintenance – You should clean your fan regularly to prevent the fan from wobbling and wasting energy. The fan will also start circulating dust which could aggravate allergies and asthma.
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