How to Select an Energy Efficient Ceiling Fan for Your Home

by Editor on August 26, 2013

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Ceiling fans have a number of amazing positive benefits besides providing a cooling breeze when the weather it wickedly hot outside. For instance, you can actually control energy costs with ceiling fans, which can save you money and make your home more efficient. With the cooling power of a running ceiling fan, you can level out your thermostat, which can save you anywhere from 20% to 50% on utilities. Moreover, there are several energy efficient brands of ceiling fans that can help you save even more money Рyou can also reduce your carbon foot print. Here is how to select an energy efficient ceiling fan for your home.

Your first step is to decide what rooms you want to put the ceiling fans in. The rooms you choose will determine what kind of ceiling fan you need. For instance, if you have a low ceiling, you need not only a smaller model of an energy efficient ceiling fan, you need to make sure the ceiling mount is short enough so the blades are at least seven feet from the ground. Also, if you have an irregularly shaped ceiling, you need a mount that can angle the fan mount to provide the right amount of cooling power for a particular room.

Next, you want to choose a model that is made out of sustainable materials. Sustainability is important, because you want a ceiling fan that won’t be a burden on the environment – both in construction and when it is finally discarded. However, you also want to make sure that the materials are durable and will last a long time. For instance, you can purchase ceiling fans with blades made of bamboo, which are stronger and more resistant to damage. The last thing you want is a ceiling fan that requires you to constantly change out the blades.

Also, it is important to look at blade performance. When it comes to saving money on air conditioning costs, you want a ceiling blade with enough wind power to effectively cool the room enough so that you can turn up the thermostat a few degrees. Blade performance is usually registered by pitch, which is how many degrees the fan blades turn. Typically, the pitch is between 8 and 15 degrees – the higher the better, because the higher it is, the more cool air it can push down and spread throughout the home.

Lastly, you might want to think about getting a ceiling fan with lights attached. Not only will this provide an excellent aesthetic, but it can also be more energy efficient. Basically, by having the fans and lights run on one circuit, you can save more electricity – you can also save money too. Moreover, when you leave the room, all you need to do is flip one switch to shut off the fan and turn off the lights. Because ceiling fans are only really useful when you are in the room, it is important to turn them off – or else you are simply wasting electricity. At the end of the day, a ceiling fan might be a small investment, but if you can save electricity and money on utilities, it turns out to be a pretty good deal.

photo by: Steve A Johnson

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