Save Money and Stay Cool
ceiling fans – Save money and stay cool
It’s easier than you think to beat the heat this summer while saving money. People tend to forget that ceiling fans can reduce energy consumption. Using them allows you to run your air conditioner less frequently. If you aren’t using ceiling fans during the hot summer months, and relying solely on air conditioning, you are driving up your energy consumption and costs.
The best way to understand the benefits of ceiling fans is to do a few simple calculations. If the ambient air temperature is 78°, your body will feel as if it is 72° if you are seated under a ceiling fan operating at a low speed. The fan makes you feel cooler by flowing air over your skin, which causes your perspiration to evaporate faster. A ceiling fan can make a person feel as if the room is 10° cooler. It runs on a fairly low amount of energy that is equivalent to a 60-watt bulb – and even less if it is an Energy Star rated fan.
Where’s The Ideal Spot?
The best place to install a ceiling fan is any room where you will be spending a lot of time (i.e. family rooms, bedrooms, kitchens and recreation rooms). In fact, there really isn’t an area in the house where people are not installing ceiling fans. Bathrooms, garages and stairways are also good applications. With outdoor spaces gaining popularity and the increase of damp, or wet-location rated products, homeowners can also easily put up a ceiling fan in their covered porch areas. The laundry room is another great place to install a ceiling fan, where running the fan will balance the moisture content and heat to match that of the other rooms in the home.
Does It Matter How Many Blades A Ceiling Fan Has?
Believe it or not, what’s more important is selecting a ceiling fan that is the right size for the space. Rooms that are approximately 150 sq. ft. or larger require a 52-inch diameter fan to be most effective. Smaller rooms can use either a 42- or a 48-inch diameter model. Larger great rooms may require bigger fans with up to a 72-inch span.
The majority of ceiling fans sold have five blades, but this is more of an aesthetic consideration rather than a practical one. A fan with fewer blades actually moves more air. That’s why if you look at fans located high in a space such as a warehouse, they will typically be industrial-grade, three-blade fans. However, unless a home has extremely high ceilings and the objective is to move a significant amount of air, it is generally acceptable and of preference to buy a more decorative fan with four or five blades.
A wise choice is to buy a reversible model. In the winter, you want to mix the air in the room without creating any “wind chill” factor. The best way to do this is to reverse the fan and run it on low only. Doing so will also save on heating energy and furnace efficiency, by effectively circulating the layer of warmer air that otherwise rises and nestles up against your ceilings.
Which Style Is Right For Me?
Fifteen years ago, consumers were happy with a simple utilitarian fan, however, the range of style options today has made ceiling fans an important part of décor. The decision of whether or not to use a light kit depends on need; it does not affect performance.
If a room does not have other light sources, then a light kit may be a necessity. Many light kits are almost an integral part of the fan, making the look of the fan even more desirable.
One of the biggest advantages of buying a ceiling fan from a specialty retailer, such as Living Lighting, is that they have expert sales associates to help you with the selection process. The range of fan sizes, styles and types of fans can be overwhelming when it comes to making a decision. The personnel in a lighting showroom are highly trained, and are able to match your needs to the appropriate fan.
Another incentive… the specialist showrooms offer customizable products not available at big box retailers. There are products that come in a box ready to go, but if customers want, they can customize the finish of the housing, select from wood or hand-carved blades, add light fixtures to their fan, add ceiling medallions to the ceiling, and get the perfect control system they need. Another benefit is service; most dealers will assist you with any problems that might arise and can recommend installers at reasonable rates. They will also help you plan how far away from the ceiling to install your fan to achieve the best overall effect for the room, and advise you on the perfect way to control your fan, either through remote control options or wall switches compatible with the fan product, as well as your homes wiring.