Today’s high-efficiency HVAC equipment is designed to lower your utility bills. Installing ceiling fans throughout your home will reduce those bills even more while improving ventilation and enhancing your air conditioning system’s performance.
Ceiling fans require about the same amount of power as a 100-watt light bulb. These units don’t actually reduce the temperature but rather, as the air circulates in the room, provide several degrees worth of wind-chill effect, allowing you to hike the thermostat a corresponding amount without sacrificing home comfort.
Where you place your ceiling fans also impacts how effectively they’ll perform. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends putting them in key locations and in frequently used rooms. Ceilings must be at least 8 feet high. For the best performance, the blades should be 7 to 9 feet above the floor and about 10 to 12 inches below the ceiling. It also is important to position your fans so the blades are at least 8 inches from the ceiling and 18 inches away from the nearest wall. Positioning the blades too close to the ceiling can lower the efficiency of your ceiling fans by 40 percent during the summer months.
Matching your ceiling fans to the size of your rooms also increases the comfort level in your home while easing the burden on your HVAC system. Units 36 to 44 inches in diameter can cool areas up to 225 square feet; 52 inch models are more suited to bigger rooms. Several fans are good for rooms 18 feet and longer.
Look for ceiling fans with the federal Energy Star label. These units are 20 percent more efficient than fans without the certification, and typically move 15 percent more air than other ceiling fans.
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