If you’re like most conscientious consumers these days, you’re looking for ways to be more sustainable and lower your carbon footprint. Well, one of the easiest ways to lower your energy consumption is to install ceiling fans in your home and use them regularly for climate control.
Ceiling fans circulate air
Unlike air conditioning, ceiling fans don’t actually cool the air in your home. Instead, they create air circulation which activates the wind chill effect and makes you feel cooler. Ceiling fans can make it feel as many as four degrees cooler in a room, which means you can turn your thermostat up by four degrees in the summer, use your ceiling fans, and feel just as comfortable as you would have by blasting the A/C. Ceiling fans are also generally more powerful than box fans, standing fans, and tower fans.
All year-round climate control
Many homeowners keep their ceiling fans running 24/7 in the summer, and running a smart ceiling fan can definitely keep you feeling cool but they’re not just for the summer. You can also use your ceiling fan to keep you warmer in the winter. When you run your heating in the winter, the warm air that comes out of your vents immediately rises to the top half of your room, lingering near the ceiling where you can’t feel it. You should turn your ceiling fan on and reverse the direction of the blades so they are spinning clockwise and keep your fan on the lowest speed setting. This will push the warm air down from the ceiling into the bottom half of the room, where you can feel it. You can save 40% on cooling costs in the summer and 10% on heating costs in the winter by using your fan this way.
Saving money and electricity
While ceiling fans can be expensive, the appliance will pay for itself in the form of energy savings over the course of its lifespan.
Fans use about 1% of the energy that air conditioners use so installing fans is a great way to substantially reduce your dependence on electricity. An average, 50-inch fan will use about 16.85 kilowatts of power a month, while an air conditioning unit will typically use 3,000 to 3,500 kilowatts a day.
Installing ceiling fans is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and live more sustainably, while still controlling the climate in your home to stay comfortable.