Effective use of ceiling fans can help you save energy year-round

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Effective use of ceiling fans can help you save

energy year-round
When used effectively, ceiling fans can provide substantial year-round savings on your energy bills. Using about the same electricity as a 100-watt light bulb, you can run a ceiling fan for just pennies a day.
By themselves in mild weather, ceiling fans offer a low-cost alternative to air conditioning. If you use air conditioning, a ceiling fan will allow you to raise the thermostat setting about four degrees with no reduction in comfort.
When it’s warm, the blades of a turning ceiling fan normally push air downward, causing cool air near the floor to travel outward and mix with air at the edges of

the room.

The same cooling effect caused by blowing air currents keeps many people from using their ceiling fans in the winter. But most fans have a switch on the motor housing that changes the direction in which the blades turn. Instead of forcing air downward, the blades will push air up, which will drive warm air near high ceilings back down around the edges of the room. That can result in more even

heating. And better heat circulation will help to combat the problem of sweating windows that some homes experience in the wintertime because of condensation

on the glass.

Ceiling fans also can help solve other cold weather problems. For example, some two-story houses have open stairways. Since heat rises, the upstairs can

get hot, while the downstairs — where the thermostat normally is — can stay cooler. As a result, the heating system may run more often and heating is uneven. But mounting a ceiling fan at the top of the stairway will mix the air

more evenly, making the house much more comfortable, while at the same time cutting down on heating costs.
It’s another example of how, in summer and winter, ceiling fans can help you increase the comfort of your home while you decrease your monthly energy bills.

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