Ceiling fans are famous for being an energy-efficient method of cooling air that can save the homeowners some money on the electricity bill. But are they really so efficient and if so, why?
What makes ceiling fans energy-efficient?
Ceiling fans are lauded for their power-efficiency. They use much less energy than typical air conditioners. Air conditioners usually use around 750 watts minimum and can go up to a few thousands depending on your setup. On the other hand, ceiling fans rarely go over 100 watts when it comes to power usage. This clearly shows that ceiling fans can cool down the air for a fraction of the cost it takes to run an air conditioner.
However, they cannot provide a cooling effect as quickly as air conditioners can. They also don‘t really cool down the room itself but rather provide relief from the heat only to the people inside the room. So if you want to have immediate cooling effects, or if you want a setup that can not only cool the air down but also heat up the room in colder months, then an air conditioner will probably be a better choice for you. Be aware, however, of the higher energy costs and much higher installation costs. For reviews of different models, see the Climatastic website.
Ceiling fans have a long history and modern models are quite different to the ones you can find in your grandparents’ house. If you want to get a ceiling fan, opt for a newer model rather than something from second-hand. Vintage ceiling fans might look cool but they definitely won’t give you any ‘coolness’. Modern ceiling fans do a much better job when it comes to saving on electricity and they also need to fulfil specific criteria in order to be considered ‘energy-efficient’. Reviews of the best ceiling fans will tell which model will suit your needs the most.
What are the rules of using a ceiling fan?
First and foremost, don’t run the ceiling fan if there are no people in the room. This should be obvious but unfortunately, many people still leave them on unattended for hours which contributes to wasting electricity and is overall harmful not only to your electricity bill but also the environment. Having a fan turned on won’t have any effect on the temperature in the room so there is absolutely no need to have switched on when you aren’t there.
Some people choose to combine air conditioning with ceiling fans which is also perfectly fine. The rule of thumb to remember, though, is to set the thermostat to a higher setting when the ceiling fans are turned on. The fans will provide air circulation that will boost the effects of air conditioner. So by adjusting the thermostat temperature you can make the whole setup slightly more energy-efficient but don’t hope for the same effect as if you were using just the ceiling fans.
Ceiling fans are a great way to feel cool without spending a ton of money. They also make for a nicer interior decoration than regular air conditioners because they come in a ton of different designs. You can easily find a ceiling fan that will match your room.