Stuff You Didn't Know About Ceiling Fans

Stuff You Didn't Know About Ceiling Fans

If you're running your ceiling fan during the summer months, you're most likely saving a bundle on the costs associated with cooling your home. But did you know that there are cost-saving benefits to using your ceiling fan all year long? Read on to learn more.

Cooler Breezes in Summer

Using ceiling fans in your home during the summer can keep your home cooler, or help the air conditioning work more effectively. If you have central air conditioning, many factors can lead to excessively high costs. For starters, if you have a two-story home, you will find it much more difficult to keep the upstairs of your home cool enough, since heat rises. In warmer climates, it is nearly impossible to keep both floors of a home at the same temperature - even with separate air conditioning units on each floor.

Additionally, most people do not stay inside their home all day. Remember that every time you open a door to go outside or come inside, you are "leaking" some of the cool air generated by your central air conditioning. Do you know just how quickly cool air can escape from your home each time you open a door? Keeping an outside door open for just a few minutes can mean it takes up to 45 minutes to cool your home back to its original temperature..

Failure to properly care for and maintain your AC unit can also result in unnecessarily high energy bills during warmer months.. The air filter must be changed regularly, otherwise, fuel is being wasted, which means added unnecessary expense.

Ceiling fans have many advantages, including the ability to install them in rooms where additional cooling and circulation are most needed. In some homes, ceiling fans are used in place of air conditioning, or in addition to central air. Ceiling fans allow circulation throughout the room, which means you can run your air conditioning at a higher temperature, thereby lowering your utility expense. Each degree closer to ambient temperature can save you three to five percent on your energy bills.

Cost of Ceiling Fans

You can purchase a second-hand ceiling fan for as little as $25-50, or an attractive new fan for anywhere from $100-$400, depending on what features and aesthetics you desire.

Ceiling fans are very efficient and, because they normally only consume about 50-150 watts per h our, they cost very little to run.. Specifically, if you were to run a 75-watt ceiling fan for twenty-four hours per day, it would only cost you around five dollars per month!

Buying a ceiling fan is a smart investment that can save you money for many years to come. Ceiling fan parts can be found online, and many ceiling fan repairs can be easily performed by a novice.

Heat Distribution in Winter

Using a ceiling fan during winter can help lower your energy needs by up to ten percent. Because heat rises and the air near the ceiling is warmer than the air near the floor, the use of a ceiling fan can redistribute the airflow, so that the warmer (higher up) air can circulate into the room evenly, thereby warming the room more efficiently. This allows your central heating system to work more efficiently, which can lower your heating bills in winter. Be sure to reverse the direction of your ceiling fan during winter, so that the fan is moving in a clockwise direction.

If you've got ceiling fans installed, start using them and save money in your home this season. If not, consider investing in one or more ceiling fans, as they will surely pay for themselves in energy savings.

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