Can Ceiling Fans Help Save on Cooling Costs?
Can Ceiling Fans Save Money?
The cost of operating a ceiling fan is significantly less than that of central air conditioning. Using ceiling fans and raising the thermostat a few degrees can reduce electricity, lower carbon emissions and save you money. The money-saving strategy, though, depends on a few points:
- Ceiling fans cool people, not things. Turn them on when you’re in a room and off when you leave the space.
- Large-diameter ceiling fans move a lot of air economically, so they can move the chilled air from the central air conditioner long after the A/C turns off. This is a big money-saver.
- Ceiling fans cool by a wind chill effect, with moving air helping to pull away moisture from skin. This means you can set the A/C at 78 degrees and let the moving air give you the equivalent cooling as having the A/C at 74 degrees.
- Central air conditioners work at peak efficiency when they run intermittently for long periods of time. Short-cycling increases wear and tear and decreases efficiency.
Shopping and Installation
When searching for the ideal ceiling use the federal Energy Star program to find Energy Star-certified fans that are at least 20 percent more efficient than other models. Consider a unit that includes a light fixture, and then install energy-efficient LED lamps to gain brightness with no appreciable heat. Keep the following installation tips in mind:
- Room height must be at least eight feet.
- Anchor the ceiling fan to a ceiling joist.
- Larger-diameter fans move more air than small-diameter fans, but be careful not to overpower a small room with a big fan.
For more helpful tips to save on cooling costs for your Boone home, contact us at Avery Heating & Air.
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