How Ceiling Fans Save Money
You are most likely already aware that ceiling fans can save you money when you use them in place of (or in addition to) central air conditioning, but you may not know about these other money-saving benefits of installing and using ceiling fans.
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..
Improper care or lack of routine maintenance of the air conditioning unit can also lead to inefficiencies and higher energy bills. 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. Because a ceiling fan helps circulate cool air, you can bump up the temperature on your AC which will lower your energy usage and cost.. Each degree closer to ambient temperature can save you three to five percent on your energy bills.
Cost of Ceiling Fans
You can buy ceiling fans for as little as $50 - $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. Using a ceiling fan can assist in properly distributing the flow of warm air in a room, which can help lower your heating bills by allowing your central heater to work more efficiently. Since the warmest part of a room is typically near the ceiling, fans are ideal for pushing that warm air down into the room and helping to stabilize the temperature of the area.. This allows your central heating system to work more efficiently, which can lower your heating bills in winter. Always remember to change the direction of your fans in the winter months — counter-clockwise in summer, and clockwise in winter..
If you’ve got ceiling fans installed, start using them and save money in your home this season. No? Then it’s probably time to purchase ceiling fans to install throughout your home. These money-saving fixtures will quickly pay for themselves by helping to lower your energy bills..