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Ceiling Fans = Awesome Summer Savings

27 June 2012

Upgrade your window A/CA 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.

Consumer Energy Center; Getting the Most From Your Fan

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Buford Meachum permalink
    16 July 2012 1:39 am

    Ceiling fans are really great because they look more elegant and can be placed on the unused portion of your home.

  2. 14 June 2015 2:01 pm

    Ceiling fans are totally cool!!! keep you cool and save on electricity vs. air conditioning and ceiling fans are the best to use during warm days because of its efficiency compared to air conditioners.


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