Ceiling Fans = Awesome Summer Savings
A ceiling fan might not have the same cooling power as an air conditioner, but they can cool you down by 2 to 4 degrees, which on days like today, can make a real difference.
If you’re looking to put in a new ceiling fan, Energy Star-rated fans are the best in terms of saving energy and money since they are 50% more efficient than non-rated fans. If you are a renter or not in the market for a new fan, using whatever fan is currently installed still uses quite a bit less energy than A/C units.
Energy use and cost:
- Ceiling fans use 10 to 100 watts depending on speed and size of the fan. This costs only 1 to 2 cents per hour to run!
- Room air conditioners consume 600 to 3,000 watts which is about 20 cents an hour (Source).
- Central air conditioners 2,000 to 5,000 watts. This can cost you about 35 cents an hour.
A/C + Ceiling Fan = Cooling Dream Team:
Another way to use your ceiling fan is in combination with your A/C. Raise your air conditioning setting by just 2 degrees and use your ceiling fan to reduce your A/C costs by 14% over the course of the summer(source). And on those 90+ humid days where it is completely necessary to have A/C, use your ceiling fan to better distribute the cool air.
An important reminder about ceiling fans: Turn them off when you are not home. Fans cool people, not the actual room so they don’t help much when you are not home or in the room.