Energy managers remain mixed on the actual energy value of ceiling fans. Some claim they are effective only when a space has no air-conditioning. Others believe that ceiling fans, when properly used, may save wear and tear on your mechanical system. Lifestyle Comfort Solutions recommends the following ways to protect your hard-earned energy dollars if you choose to use a ceiling fan:
Change the ceiling fan direction with the season. Clockwise in Winter, Counter-clockwise in summer.
Adjust the thermostat when the ceiling fan is in use. Lower the stat in winter, and raise it in summer. If you don’t adjust the thermostat to the proper set-point for the season, a ceiling fan provides little, or no energy saving benefit.
Run the ceiling fan only when the room is occupied. Remember this rule: Ceiling fans cool people; they heat rooms! Moving air speeds evaporation; the wind chill makes you feel cooler. But the fan’s operation adds heat to the room, something you wish to avoid in Ohio’s hot summer months.
Ceiling fans provide the most benefit on mild days when fans can completely replace use of your air-conditioning.
Installing a ceiling fan in bedrooms, on porches, and in rooms with dramatic ceiling heights is largely a matter of personal preference.
Ask Lifestyle Comfort Solutions to help you select from today’s wide variety of comfort and energy saving accessories which add to your family’s comfort and meet your budget.