Save Energy with Ceiling Fans
Ceiling fans provide a natural energy-saving cooling solution. Most ceiling fans use only about as much power as a 60 watt light bulb which equates to less than 1 cent per hour to run. Ceiling fans will save you money all year round in cooling and heating energy bills. The light fitting attached to the ceiling fan is also another way to reduce your energy consumption, by ensuring that it has a dedicated flourescent light source or at the least it is able to be fitted with compact flourescent globes.
Ceiling Fans in Summer
While a ceiling fan does not necessarily lower the temperature of a room, it does make the room feel cooler by providing a circulating breeze. Effective circulation can make you feel up to 8 degrees cooler, and reduce air conditioning bills by up to 40%. Ceiling fans use the body's natural air conditioning system, through the movement of air down from the ceiling fan and across your entire body.
Depending upon the speed it your ceiling fan is on, the gentle or strong breeze generated evaporates moisture on your skin caused by the heat, providing a natural cooling effect, especially on hot and humid nights. Many people prefer a fan to air conditioning, as the latter can make your skin feel dry and can block up nasal passages. Even when ceiling fans are used in conjunction with air conditioning substantial energy savings can be obtained.
When using your ceiling fan in combination with air conditioning, you can set the temperature of the thermostat on the air conditioning unit to a higher temperature, reducing the energy being consumed, while still maintaining the same level of comfort.
Ceiling Fans in Winter
In the winter months, you should run your ceiling fan in the reverse mode using the Summer/Winter switch. All Corey's Electrical ceiling fans are reversible and have the Summer/Winter settings. Since heat rises, when heating your home in the winter the temperature of the air at the ceiling of the room can be up to 15 degrees warmer than the air at ground level.
This is very inefficient and heaters have to work harder and for longer periods to warm up the room at ground level. However, if a ceiling fan is used in the Winter mode in conjunction with the heater, it will push the warm air up against the ceiling and then down the walls, gently re-circulating warm air through the room, which means that heaters will not have to operate for as long, or at such a high-heat setting, thus reducing your energy consumption and saving you money.
This technique has been proven to lower heating costs by as much as 10%.