Energy Saving Benefits of Ceiling Fans
Ceiling fans can bring numerous energy saving benefits to the home. Most ceiling fans use only about as much power as a 100 watt light bulb. When used properly, ceiling fans can save you money in utility bills in both the winter and summer months.
The following are some suggestions regarding how to reap maxium energy saving benefits from your ceiling fan:
Benefits of Ceiling Fans in Winter Months.
Remember: Warm air is lighter than cool air. In any given room there are layers of air with varying degrees of temperature, the warmest air near the ceiling. In the winter months, you should run your ceiling fan in a clockwise direction. This pushes warm air up against the ceiling and then down the walls, genty recirculating warm air through the room without causing a chilling breeze. This technique has been proven to lower home or office heating costs by as much as 10% by offsetting the HVAC work load.
Benefits of Ceiling Fans in Summer Months.
In the summer months, your ceiling fan offers the greatest energy saving benefits when run in a counter-clockwise direction. While a ceiling fan does not necessarily lower the temperature, it does make the room feel cooler by providing a circulatory breeze. If the outside temperature is not too high, you might be able to achieve a comfortable environment by turning off the HVAC altogether, by opening a few windows and allowing the ceiling fan to circulate warm air outdoors. Effective circulation can make you feel up to 8 degrees cooler, and reduce air conditioning bills by up to 40%.
Energy Star Ceiling Fans.
For maximum energy saving benefits, you might consider an Energy Star ceiling fan. These fans circulate an average of 15% more air than other ceiling fans, without sacrificing style or attractiveness. Energy Star ceiling fans are 60% more efficient than an 150 watt incandescent bulb. Residential Landscape Lighting & Design offers several Energy Star ceiling fans.
Installation of Ceiling Fans for Optimal Efficiency.
In order to reap the optimal energy saving benefits from your ceiling fans, it is important to install several fans throughout your home and office, placed in key locations. All of the most frequently used rooms should have a ceiling fans. For optimal performance, the blades of your ceiling fan should be between 7-9 feet above the floor, and 10-12 inches below the ceiling. If the blades of your fan are too close to the ceiling, you will not be able to make use of the winter time benefits, and may be 40% less efficient even in the summer time. Finally, the blades should be at least 18 inches from the nearest wall.
Other Energy Efficient Products.
If you are looking to reduce the cost of your energy bills, we offer a wide range of other energy efficient products including energy-saving light bulbs and lighting fixtures. If you have any questions about these products, or would like the experienced professionals at Residential Landscape Lighting & Design to assist you in developing an overall energy saving plan for your home, do not hesitate to contact. Our friendly staff is happy to discuss with you ways you can start saving money immediately with our highly efficient ceiling fans and other products.And tagged in Fans, Ceiling Lights, Ceiling Fans.