Ceiling Fan Energy Efficiency
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You can save energy and improve your comfort by using ceiling fans in your home. Ceiling fans help to circulate the air so your heating and cooling systems don't have to work as hard, which saves you money!
Stay Cool in the Summer and Save Energy
In the summer, using ceiling fans will keep you cool, allowing you to raise the temperature on your thermostat, so you spend less on air conditioning. With the breeze from your ceiling fan, you'll feel up to four degrees cooler. You can raise your thermostat by four degrees to maintain the same level of comfort, and save up to 40% on your cooling costs. It costs only around one cent per hour to run a ceiling fan, compared to 43 cents per hour for central air conditioning, and 16 cents per hour for a room air conditioner. With your air conditioner running all day, every day, it really adds up! Tip: Make sure your ceiling fan is turning counter-clockwise in the summer.
Winter Energy Savings, Too!
Many people don't realize that they can save energy with a ceiling fan in the winter, while helping them stay warm. It may seem counter-intuitive to use a fan in the winter, but here's how it works... You set the fan to run clockwise at low speed, which pushes the hot air down from the ceiling (hot air rises, remember?) without creating a cool breeze. Now, instead of all that hot air being wasted up at the ceiling, it's circulating around your home, keeping you and your family warm. As a result, your heating source won't have to produce as much heat, which saves you money on your energy bills.
ENERGY STAR Fans are More Energy Efficient
Ceiling fans can be installed easily in the place of ceiling light fixtures. Many include light fixtures, or have the capability to add one on. An ENERGY STAR qualified light kit uses 50% less energy than a standard light kit. And ENERGY STAR fans are 20% more efficient at moving air than standard fans.
Start Saving Today!
Install ceiling fans in all the rooms of your home - or start using the fans you already have, in both summer and winter. With the rising cost of energy, why not start saving today? You'll be doing your part for the environment, too!
Home Energy Efficiency Tips:
- General Energy Saving Solutions The Energy Star Program
- Simple Energy Saving Strategies Home Insulation
- Home Assessment Overview Energy Features, Green Your Home
- Energy Efficiency Mortgages & Grants Energy Efficient Mortgage
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