Do Ceiling Fans Help You Save Energy?
If you want to improve your home energy conservation and trim your electric bill, a great place to look is your home’s heating and cooling system.
Air conditioning uses more household electricity than anything else in your home. In most Atlanta homes, air conditioning can consume about a quarter of all home energy consumption, according to the Department of Energy. That means any reduction in usage will ultimately affect your bottom line. Reduce the number of hours your AC runs, and you’ll see your monthly bills decrease accordingly.
A ceiling fan may be the answer. Ceiling fans cost roughly a penny per hour, so using that to supplement the cooling effect on your home can really add up.
But it’s important to understand that a ceiling fan doesn’t cool a room; they cool your skin through a windchill effect. If you leave a ceiling fan on while you’re gone for an extended period of time, it won’t change the temperature of the room. It wastes energy instead.
The Department of Energy says that if you use a ceiling fan in conjunction with your air conditioner, you can raise your thermostat by 4 degrees without a change in comfort. And that can add up over time.
What should you know about ceiling fans?
Make sure your ceiling fan is at least 8 feet off the ground, as they work best when blades are a foot from the ceiling and 7 to 9 feet from the floor.
Always look for the Energy Star seal, as it offers at least 20 percent more efficiency than non-certified models.
Always go with a larger fan whenever possible as they move more air and cool at a lower speed than smaller fans.
Work to control heat in a room in different ways, including shutting drapes and blinds during the heat of the day to keep the sun’s rays out.
Are you using ceiling fans in your home to help control your energy bills?