The Energy Saving Benefits Of Ceiling Fans

by Michal on July 6, 2009

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Ceiling Fans can save you money in utility bills in both the winter and summer months. They can bring numerous energy saving benefits to your home when they are being used properly. Here are some helpful suggestions on how to use your ceiling fans to maximize their energy saving benefits. Ceiling fans provide great air circulation and you can optimize these benefits by ensuring the rotation of the blades is correct for circulating warm air or a cooling breeze.

Summer Months
In the summer months your ceiling fan can offer some great energy saving benefits by making your room feel cooler providing a breeze. Most fans have a clockwise and a counter clockwise setting, each appropriate for different times of the year. For the summer months, you want your fan to run in the counter-clockwise position to reap the the energy saving benefits. This will create a nice breeze and make the room feel cooler. You might be able to turn your air conditioner off at times and use your ceiling fan in its place. Effective circulation can make your room feel up to 8 degrees cooler and reduce your air conditioning bill by up to 40%.

Winter Months
Keep in mind that warm air is lighter than cool air and because the warm air rises the air near your ceiling fan will be the warmest air in the room. In the winter months you should turn your ceiling fan in the clockwise direction. This will push the warm air up to the ceiling and then down the walls, causing the warm air to be recirculated around the room. This technique has been proven to lower heating cost by as much as 10% by offsetting the work of your furnace.

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. Here are three Energy Star fans that are available on Amazon:
Airflow by Casablanca 52

Hunter 21617 Palermo 52-Inch Energy Star Brushed-Nickel Ceiling Fan

Westinghouse 72200 Silverdale Energy Star One-Light 52-Inch Five-Blade Ceiling Fan

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