How to Fine-tune Your Ceiling Fan for Energy Efficiency


Ceiling fans significantly improve your comfort. But they can hog energy, unless you do these things.

Texas temperatures swing wildly from triple digits to below zero. It’s a good thing you have ceiling fans – they can alter your perception of temperature by as much as 8°.

We say “alter” because they actually do little to reduce the true air temperature. They do help circulate cool air. Rather, simply because you feel the breeze, they help you feel cooler.

That’s why ceiling fans come with a built-in reverse switch. During summer, the cool breeze they blow feels great. But that only makes you colder during winter, so it makes sense to reverse your ceiling fan then.

But of course, ceiling fans consume energy. So it’s wise to have a plan for managing the energy they use.

You might consider doing these things:

  1. Fans Should Be in High-Traffic Areas of Your Home

Sounds obvious, but not every home gets designed this way. A family room, dining room, kitchen or master bedroom is a good place to have your ceiling fan.

  1. Set Your Home’s Temperature Higher During Summer

Remember, your ceiling fan knocks as much as 8° off your experience of temperature. You may not be able to get that much, but give it a try. Every degree counts.

  1. Turn Off Your Ceiling Fan When You Leave Home

Since ceiling fans don’t do much to reduce your home’s air temperature, it makes no sense to keep them on when you leave home. Include turning them off in your daily routine.

We’ll remind you of this in winter too, but make sure you run them on the low setting during winter. Remember, their breeze makes you feel cooler, and you want to feel warm during winter. Running them on low circulates warm air, so they’re helpful in that regard.

  1. Buy an Energy-Star Ceiling Fan

Now, the Energy-Star label doesn’t guarantee optimum energy efficiency. But it greatly increases the chances of finding an energy-efficient ceiling fan. Look for the label when buying one.

And when you do buy your ceiling fan, don’t be afraid to spend $200- $300. If you buy the cheap $100 models, you do get energy efficiency, but they’re often noisy and obnoxious.

  1. Bonus Tip: Use LED Lights

Almost every ceiling fan comes with lighting options. If you want to be super energy-efficient, pop some LED lights in your ceiling fan right away.

Follow those 5 tips, and your ceiling fan will be as energy-efficient as possible.

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