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100 Ways in 100 Days-11: Use Ceiling Fans

Posted By on December 28, 2008

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Welcome back to our series on saving money. Although no one of our suggested strategies will do all the work, choosing just a few to try will get you great results. Today we are going to look at the benefits and cost associated with ceiling fan usage.

For anyone with central heat and air, no matter the type (electric, gas, propane, geothermal, etc.), one of the biggest expenses is electricity. During the summer and winter a properly installed ceiling fan can save you anywhere from $70-200 in one season.

When purchasing a ceiling fan, it is important to chose one that is reversible. During the summer time, while using your AC (whether it be a central or window unit), a ceiling fan will allow you to keep your thermostat at a higher setting. The fan will evaporate moisture from your skin, making you feel cooler. During this cycle you will want your fan to be pulling the air up. This will allow the cool air (which falls to the lower areas) to be brought up over your skin.

The reverse is true for the winter time. You will want the fan to be pushing the air down (remember, we suggested a reversable fan?) across your skin. Although you will still have somewhat of cooling effect from the air over your skin, the greatest difference will be that the fan brings the hot air (which rises to the ceiling) down to you.

A four foot, 75-watt fan used 10 hours a day at half speed or less would cost $.50 to $.90 a month to operate. This is a drastic difference to the 3,000-watt per hour possible from a central unit. At the above ten hours a day, if you could save your unit one hour of work a month you would break even. The more time you save your central unit from working, well that is money still in the bank at the end of the bills.

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3 Responses to “100 Ways in 100 Days-11: Use Ceiling Fans”

  1. Hi Mr. Imperfect in Frugality. This is a great article on using a ceiling fan to save energy(and money).
    I have been servicing and selling Ceiling Fans for 20 years. I agree with with all but the idea of which direction to run your Ceiling Fan.
    The way you have described is best in a foyer or entry with more than one level. In the Summer you pull the cold air from lower to upper level. In the Winter you want to create a “Buffer Zone”, heat won’t rise past as quickly. In most areas with 8 to 10 foot ceilings, you want to run the opposite. “Down” in the warmer months to feel the breeze from the Ceiling Fan (Windchill effect).You can run the A/C at a higher setting. “Up” In cooler months recirculates the heat from the ceiling making the room a more constant temperature without the draft.
    Ultimately it’s more important to run the Ceiling Fan as much as possible,you save money either direction. If you don’t feel the breeze from a Ceiling Fan in either direction, you might consider a better quality Ceiling Fan(there is a difference).
    Any questions call me.

    Jason Stevens,Owner
    Fan Man Lighting
    1-866-600-FANS(3267)

  2. ceiling fans are great for cooling a warm room with large area. i prefer them over multiple desk fans,:-

  3. 7 blade ceiling fans have much better performance compared to those three bladed fans ,;~

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