How a ceiling fan can save energy in the home

Being able to save energy in the home is important. Many homeowners now look for new ways to save money in the home. Any money saved is money that can be successfully re-invested into the home, or used for other ventures. Having extra money in your pocket means more money for the kids, for lunch, or for gas for the car.

A ceiling fan helps to save money in two ways. First, in the summer time. In the counter-clockwise direction, stand under the ceiling fan and you will feel a cool breeze. In the winter, you can reverse the fan, and run it at low speed. This creates a gentle updraft which will push warm air near the ceiling down to ground level. 

You can adjust your thermostat while using a ceiling fan, which results in even more savings. For example, you may not have to crank the AC as high, or the heat since your fan is helping to distribute the warm (or cool} air.

When purchasing a ceiling fan, look for the Energy Star logo. this signifies that the fan is an energy saving fan, and will save about 15-20 % off your energy bill as compared to other fans.

Guide to seasonal usage of ceiling fan

Remember the below and you will be able to save energy year round with your ceiling fan. As long as your fan can reverse directions, it can be used in both the winter and summer seasons (as well as fall and spring as required). By using the ceiling fan year round, you will be able to save the maximum amount on your energy bill. Remember to change the thermostat settings so you are not pumping out as much heat in the winter, and as much AC in the summer. This works best for homeowners with central heat and central cooling.

Summer - Clockwise direction
 
In the summer time, it's best to have the fan operate in the clockwise direction. This pushes cool air near the ceiling back down to the ground. If you stand under the ceiling fan, you'll feel a cooling effect. This verifies that the fan is pushing cool air down, creating a cooling effect for human environmental purposes.
 
Winter - Counter-clockwise direction
 
In the winter time, setting the fan to a counter-clockwise rotation will push warm air near the ceiling down to the ground. There is an image further down the page (diagram) which clearly outlines how this process works. 
 
 

How much can I save on my energy bill in my home with a ceiling fan?

Typically, you can save about 15-20% on your energy bill, if using a ceiling fan (or fans) in the proper intended way. For example, in the winter time, try turning on your ceiling fans and turning down the heat. The fans should be in areas where you have poor heat circulation in the home. For example, in my home I have windows in the living room which seem to let cold air in. My living room is generally cold. In this room, it would be smart to install a ceiling fan. With the ceiling fan pushing warm air near the top of the room down to the floor, I should start to feel a change in the room temperature within a matter of minutes.

Save energy bill by ceiling fan
 
KEY BENEFITS TO USING A CEILING FAN IN AREAS WITH POOR AIR CIRCULATION:
  • Reduces Condensation & Humidity
  • R.O.I. 1 to 3 years
  • Improved comfort for Customers & Employees
  • Energy savings 15% to 40%
  • Eliminates hot and cold spots
  • Federal 179D Tax Deductions
  • LEED Credits
  • Uses less energy than a 35 watt light bulb
  • Optimizes HVAC Systems
  • Reduced spoilage of food and drug products
  • Quiet movement of air
  • Product manufactured in USA
  • Reduces maintenance

How a ceiling fan can save energy in the home

Sonic Contemporary Energy Star Brushed Nickel Ceiling Fan

Sonic Contemporary Energy Star Brushed Nickel Ceiling Fan

Emerson Midway Eco Energy Star Indoor Ceiling Fan

Emerson Midway Eco Energy Star Indoor Ceiling Fan

Emerson Carrera Grande Eco Ceiling Fan

Emerson Carrera Grande Eco Ceiling Fan

Kichler Seaside 54IN Indoor/Outdoor Ceiling Fan

Kichler Seaside 54IN Indoor/Outdoor Ceiling Fan

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