Ceiling fans can
reduce your energy by making you feel cooler. A general rule
of thumb is that you should be able to set your thermostat 2
degrees higher in warm weather months because you feel
cooler. Hunter, one of the larger manufacturers, says that
ceiling fans can reduce air conditioning bills by up to 40%.
During the winter, by running the fan in the opposite
direction and circulating warm air normally trapped at the
ceiling, can reduce heating bills by up to 10%.
A ceiling fan
also can add a distinctive touch to a room. Many builders are
installing ceiling fans in every bedroom and living area in
new homes. There are an amazing variety of fans available now,
from traditional designs to modern to styles for children's
One place where
a fan can really add comfort is in a bedroom. You may be able
to even eliminate the use of an air conditioner at night. But
it's good to get a good quality fan that's quiet. A larger
fan, such as a 52" model, is able to move more air at a slower
speed, and is therefore quieter.
ceiling fan can make you feel as much as 5 degrees cooler.
Newer fans are
available with nice convenience features such as remote
control including dimming the built in light.
The EPA has
established criteria for ceiling fans in it's ENERGY STAR
program. Look for the ENERGY STAR logo on the package.
Choosing an ENERGY STAR fan might reduce the amount of
electricity used in a year from about 300 kWh/year to around