How to Save Money and Energy with a Ceiling Fan

During the summer and warm weather months, it is easy to rack up your energy bill in air conditioning and cooling costs. Fortunately, there is an easy way to lower the temperature of your home while decreasing the impact of your carbon footprint, without adding any additional costs. And, the answer may already be in your home: ceiling fans. 


While ceiling fans may not seem like an effective option to keep you cool, there are many features of modern ceiling fans that can be used with an air conditioning system to lower your bills. Here are some of the best ways you can save money and energy with a ceiling fan: 


Reverse Fan Direction

Changing your ceiling fan’s direction to go counter-clockwise will allow your fan to pull cool air from the ground and blow it back on to you. Ceiling fans do not lower the temperature of a room the way an AC system would, but rather blows air on to you to cool you and your skin down. Because of this, it is extremely important to make sure your fan is blowing cool air on to you via counter-clockwise movement. 

Turn the Temperature Up

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, you can turn the temperature up on your thermostat up to 4-5 degrees higher than normal when you are running your ceiling fan without noticing a difference in temperature. This will save you money and energy while keeping you as comfortable as full power air conditioning.

Don’t Keep it Running

Since ceiling fans do not lower the temperature of your home, they are only effective in cooling you down when they are running in the room you are standing in. So, keeping ceiling fans on in rooms you are not in will not create a cooling effect. Make sure you turn off your ceiling fans whenever you leave a room to save energy.

Smart Ceiling Fans

Updated and modern ceiling fans have incorporated smart technology into their programming. Smart ceiling fans can now turn themselves on and off based on when you enter and leave a room, and can change its speed and direction based on room occupancy, temperature, humidity, and homeowner preference. While smart ceiling fans can have a hefty price tag, they will save you money long term. Click here for more information on smart ceiling fans and options to buy. 


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