Reducing Power Usage
Can a fan really reduce the power usage in your home? Absolutely. The money saved in electrical bills over the year quickly pays for the fan purchase and installation. Using ceiling fans throughout your home helps moderate the temperature within each room. Circulating the cool air that’s already been produced by the air conditioner means moderate temperatures for longer periods of time, which reduces the number of hours your air conditioner is running. Use of fans can make a room feel up to 6 degrees cooler than it actually is, which means the thermostat can be set higher.
How Do Ceiling Fans Circulate Air Within a Room?
The blades of a ceiling fan are angled and curved to create airflow when rotated. Changing the direction of blade rotation can actually impact power bills all year-round. This change in direction changes the direction of airflow, either upwards or downwards. Fans run counterclockwise in the summer, keeping cooler air pushed towards the bottom of the room; fans run clockwise in the winter and redistribute the warm is that’s risen to the top of the room back towards the ground. It’s a good idea to check the direction of fan rotation to make sure that you aren’t actually making your house warmer this summer!
Energy Efficient Fans
Many modern appliances have been designed to be energy efficient and the ceiling fan is one of them. According to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy-Star website
- Energy-Star rated ceiling fans move air up to 20% more efficiently than conventional fan models due to the advanced design of fan blades and motors.
- Models come with light fixtures that are 50% more efficient than conventional fixtures and produce 75% less heat.
- Overall, these fans are 50% more efficient than conventional models.
Having a ceiling fan installation done by an electrical professional is a good idea for several reasons. Electricity is a strong and potentially dangerous amenity, especially for anyone without proper training. A professional can ensure a safe electrical installation in your home. Ceiling fans also need to be properly braced in the ceiling to prevent damage to the rooms of your home.
Mister Sparky Electrician NWA, America’s On-Time Electrician in Bella Vista, Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale and Fayetteville services the Northwest Arkansas area with a team of licensed electricians. In addition to flickering lights, some of the electrician services provided by the company include electrical outlet/switch repair, ceiling fan installation, lighting installation, electrical wiring repair, landscape lighting installation and home electrical inspections.