The Benefits Of Adding A Ceiling Fan
The first electrically powered ceiling fan was invented in 1882 by Philip Diehl. The technology quickly grew in popularity as a way to stay cooler even on the hottest days of the year.
Ceiling fans lost some traction as air conditioning made its way into homes across America. But with a turn towards making our homes as energy efficient as possible, ceiling fans made a comeback and have been in-demand ever since.
Why Ceiling Fans
The first thing to understand about ceiling fans is that they don’t actually adjust the temperature. It isn’t their job to provide cooled air. Instead, they circulate the air, making the room feel as much as 5 degrees cooler.
This is also why ceiling fans have the ability to turn the fan blades to rotate both clockwise and counterclockwise. By reversing the rotation, you change how the air flows. A cool breeze is welcome in the summer months, and can help you feel cooler during the hottest part of the day. In the winter, reverse the blades, so they help force lighter, warmed air back down to your living space.
When selecting a new ceiling fan, look at the efficiency label as a part of your selection process. Every ceiling fan is required to show you airflow, electricity use, and airflow efficiency. Airflow is measured in cubic feet per minute (CFM). Electricity use is measured in watts. You’ll find airflow efficiency as CFM/watt. Ceiling fans typically range from 35 CFM/watt to 100 CFM/watt.
How Ceiling Fans Impact Energy Costs
Where the real savings come in with a ceiling fan is by being able to adjust your thermostat by a few degrees. If you can raise your air conditioner in the summer, and lower your furnace in the winter, you can save money on how much you spend on your utility bills each month.
Ceiling fans aren’t more efficient if you operate them at higher speeds. Instead, you’re better off getting a higher quality fan that pushes the air easier at lower speeds. You can even get a smart fan that is attached to your home’s HVAC system, that syncs operation with your furnace and air conditioner to ensure your home is conditioned properly at the temperatures you set.
What Else Should You Know?
Ceiling fans aren’t just about conditioning the air. They are also a great source of light. Ceiling fans can be installed with optional lighting kits that are perfect for adding supplemental lighting to a room. While they might not be directional and bright enough to provide an entire lightsource for a room, you’ll love the convenience of being able to flip a switch and have instant light whenever you choose. Plus, the looks of combining the two can create ambiance you’ll love for years to come.
Are you ready to add a new ceiling fan to your home?