Ceiling fans not only improve the comfort level of your home, they can also significantly lower your energy bills. In warm weather, your ceiling fan can create a wind chill effect that makes the room feel eight to 10 degrees cooler than the ambient temperature. You can save up to 40 percent on your air conditioning costs by setting your thermostat four degrees warmer and turning on your ceiling fan.
They can also keep you warm! Most models can be reversed to turn the blades in counter-clockwise direction, and this will push the warm air down from the ceiling, distributing the heat more efficiently and reducing your heating bills.
If you already own a ceiling fan, you’re in luck. If you don’t, it may be time to consider purchasing one. With the vast selection of models available, choosing the right ceiling fan can seem overwhelming. Here are some tips to help you pick the right one.
There are three location ratings on ceiling fans. “Indoor use” means that the fan can only be used indoors. “Damp use” fans can be installed on a covered porch or in an area where it will accumulate moisture such as a bathroom. “Outdoor use” fans can be used in areas exposed to more frequent weather, such as under a second story deck.
In order for a ceiling fan to efficiently move air through a room, it must be sized according to the square footage of the space. Here is a quick reference guide:
Less than 50 square feet – 29-inch fan
75 square feet – 36-inch fan
100 square feet – 42-inch fan
225 square feet – 52-inch fan
300 square feet – 56-inch fan
More than 300 square feet – a 60-inch fan or two 56-inch or 52-inch fans
When it comes to buying an efficient model you usually get what you pay for. A slightly higher priced fan with a high speed motor should run quietly and produce substantial airflow. A smaller, low speed motor found on cheaper models could produce higher operating temperatures and less air circulation. To get the most efficient ceiling fan look for one that has been rated Energy Star compliant. These fans must use advanced blade design and efficient motors to meet or exceed the requirements set forth by the EPA. Also, good quality fans come with a warranty so be certain your fan has one in case something goes wrong.
Ceiling fans have come a long way over the last few decades in terms of style. With so many choices of blade design, attached lighting fixtures and a wide range of colors to choose from, you can be sure you’ll find one that compliments the style of your home.