Lots of people want to trim their energy usage a little. Some people want to do it to save money on their bills. Others want to contribute to helping the environment. Most will do it for a hybrid of both reasons. Whatever your reasons, you may be wondering whether you can save money on your energy bills by flicking that ceiling fan on. That is what we are going to take a look at here.
How ceiling fans work
Before we dive into whether you can save money on your energy bills with a ceiling fan, we do want to talk a little bit about how ceiling fans work. Hopefully, this information will show you that ceiling fans are ideal for some purposes, but not for all.
To put it simply; ceiling fans will not cool down a room. If you switch a fan on and leave the room, turning the fan off when you enter, the room will still be hot. Ceiling fans work by creating ‘wind’ which cools down the skin. To see the benefits of a ceiling fan, you need to be physically close to one i.e. in the same room. If you are not, then you are wasting energy.
The cost comparison between ceiling fans and air conditioners
Studies have shown that during the height of summer months, air conditioners account for around a quarter of an American household’s energy usage. This is a massive amount. In comparison, if you switch a ceiling fan on, it is unlikely to consume more than a penny per hour. It will barely consume any energy at all.
For most people, having their ceiling fan on and their air conditioner off is more than comfortable enough. It probably wouldn’t be enough to get you through the blisteringly hot days, but it should get you through slightly warm weather. This means that you could easily shave a couple of days off of your air conditioner usage each month. This could save you a decent sum of cash.
Ceiling fans and air conditioners work well together
There will be days where you absolutely must turn the air conditioner on. It is just too hot without it. This doesn’t mean that you should ditch the idea of a ceiling fan, though. In fact, you should still turn it on.
Studies have shown that if you have a ceiling fan turned on, you can turn the thermostat of the air conditioner up 4-degrees higher and see no impact on your overall comfort. Since the air conditioner doesn’t need to be working so hard to cool down the air in the room, you will notice a massive decrease in your energy bills.
Some ceiling fans can also work in winter to save you cash
If you have a ceiling fan with a reversible motor and blades, you can turn it on in the winter. It will blow hot air back down towards the floor of your home, which could save a small amount of cash on your heating energy bills.
So, can ceiling fans save you money on your energy bills? Absolutely! A good amount, in fact. Switch it on in the summer or winter months, and you will notice your energy bills go down.