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Use Ceiling Fans For Year-Round Energy Savings

Posted by Paul Wadsworth on Mon, Nov 26, 2012 @ 01:51 PM

Many of the homes in the greater Cleveland area have a built-in method of boosting energy savings. In these cases, there's no need to spend extra money to save money. It isn't insulation or weatherstripping, it's a decorative appliance attached to the ceiling. Using ceiling fans is a proven method to cut your energy bills.

Summer Savings

ceiling fan to reduce energy billsWe all perspire, even when you may not notice it. In summer, the evaporation of perspiration from our skin helps cool us. When there's a breeze, it accelerates the evaporation process. Use ceiling fans in summer heat to generate a downward breeze. That breeze will cool the skin faster through the evaporation process. Everyone in the room with the ceiling fan will be cooler. This allows you to raise the temperature of you thermostat by a few degrees, saving both electricity beyond the cost to operate the fan itself plus wear and tear on your air conditioning unit or heat pump. On moderately warm days, run ceiling fans exclusively and leave the air conditioner off. The family will stay comfortable and the power consumption will be less.

Winter Savings

Use ceiling fans in reverse motion in winter to enhance your comfort and reduce heating bills. With the fan blades pushing air upward, heat, which pools at the ceiling (heat always rises), will be forced across the ceiling and down the walls of the room. This change in direction is essential so that you avoid the uncomfortable cooling effect on your body that would occur if you didn't reverse the fan's operation.  As that heat circulates, you'll have a noticeable increase in warmth. By circulating the heated air more, you can lower the thermostat by a few degrees — just the same as in summer.  The higher the ceiling the more pronounced the benefit of the ceiling fan in the winter.

Running a ceiling fan is no more expensive than burning a light bulb. And a light consumes far less energy than your heating and cooling equipment.

There are smart ways to reduce energy bills. Using ceiling fans is just one. If you'd like other suggestions on how to control heating and cooling costs, contact us at P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling. We're experts on ways to lower your energy bills. And, we're always ready to answer any of your home-comfort questions.


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Paul WadsworthPaul Wadsworth is the President and Owner of P.K. Wadsworth Heating and Cooling. For 37 years, Paul has been providing heating and cooling services to the Greater Cleveland area. P.K. Wadsworth has been a trusted Cleveland HVAC service company for 75 years. The company understand the area's construction and local heating and air conditioning needs. Paul has an MBA from the University of Michigan and a B.S., Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. He's been President of the Cleveland Air Conditioning Contractors of America and a founding member of the local chapter. Paul was born and raised in Cleveland and has been active in the local community. He resides in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife and two sons.

The opinions and statements contained in this article are for general informational purposes only and are not instructions. Only trained, licensed and experienced personnel should attempt installation/repair. The author assumes no liability for the opinions/statements made in this article. Any individual attempting a repair or installation based on this article does so at their own risk of loss.

Topics: air conditioning, energy bills, heat pumps, thermostats

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