Stylish Ceiling Fans are an Effective and Efficient Way to Beat the Heat This Summer
Temperatures are heating up now that summer is in full swing. This summer you could flick a switch instead of cranking the AC and save big. Ceiling fans are more than just a great way to pull a room together. They’re an energy efficient way to maintain a comfortable temperature in your house. When properly installed, ceiling fans alleviate the burden on both your home’s heating and cooling systems.
How Do Ceiling Fans Work?
To answer this question, we have to go back to your middle school science class. Hot air rises, and cool air, which is heavier, sinks. This is why your attic feels sweltering and your basement more like an ice chest. The spinning motion of a fan helps to circulate the air in your home, moving the hot air away from you in the summer and back down towards you in the winter.
Most ceiling fans come with a simple switch that changes the direction in which the fan spins. In the summer, you want your fan to spin counter-clockwise, to create a down draft and push cold air down towards you. When this cooler air hits your skin, it evaporates perspiration and makes you feel cooler for a fraction of the energy it takes to turn your air conditioning on or up. In the winter, flip this switch to reverse the process and help keep your family cozy and warm.
Ceiling Fans for the Win
A simple ceiling fan draws less power than your heating and cooling unit. In fact, some experts estimate that one of these simple and decorative fans can save you up to 40 percent this summer over using just your AC. And in the winter, using a fan can help you get more out of the heat your furnace generates. In the winter months, experts estimate this same fan can save you up to 15% on your heating bills. Many new fans come with LED or energy efficient lighting, which help lessen your electricity demands even further.
The installation of ceiling fans, like any electrical update in your home, should be done by a professional. If you don’t currently have a light where you’d like to install your fan, wires will have to be installed. Using a professional contractor will not only give you peace of mind but will ensure your home is up to code and safe. If there was a light in place, these energy efficient appliances can be heavier than what was previously there. When installing a fan, it’s imperative to make sure that it is mounted to the right supports.
Whether you’re beating the heat indoors, or extending the usability of an outdoor space, give us a call. We’ll help you install one or multiple ceiling fans so that you can beat the heat this summer without breaking the bank.