Installing a Ceiling Fan
Ceiling fans can bring numerous energy saving benefits to the home. Most Ceiling fans use only about as much power as a 100 watt light bulb. When used properly, ceiling fans can save you money in utility bills in both the winter and summer months.
There are actually many benefits to having a ceiling fan all year long. I would like to list the benefits of installing a ceiling fan in your new home.
In the winter time, a ceiling fan circulating the air helps to distribute warmth coming from a space heater or heating stove around the neighboring rooms of the house.
In the summer months, your ceiling fan offers the greatest energy saving benefits when run in a counter-clockwise direction. While a ceiling fan does not necessarily lower the temperature, it does make the room feel cooler by providing a circulatory breeze. If the outside temperature is not too high, you might be able to achieve a comfortable environment by turning off the HVAC altogether, by opening a few windows and allowing the ceiling fan to circulate warm air outdoors. Effective circulation can make you feel up to 8 degrees cooler, and reduce air conditioning bills by up to 40%.
Ceiling fans provide alternative for the air conditioner, when the heat is not too bad, and they are less costly in electricity. The electricity consumed by operating a ceiling fan is pennies per month when compared to dollars a month for a modern efficient air conditioner.
Ceiling fans can be an easy update to an old room and add significant circulation.
This is beneficial during summer months to circulate cold air and in the winter months to push down warm air. Whether you are looking for a quick decoration update or want to make your home more energy efficient, adding a ceiling fan could be a good choice for your home.
Installing a ceiling fan in your home can save you money each month on your utility bills, when used correctly.
Make sure your ceiling fans are strategically placed throughout your home or business in rooms that are used the most often. Also, make sure your ceiling fan blades are 7-9 feet above the floor, and 10-12 inches below the ceiling. Your ceiling fan should also be installed 18 inches away from any walls.
Angled ceilings require that you install “downrods” (also called extension tubes or downtubes) that will lower the motor and fan blades so they’ll clear a sloped ceiling surface. The more space between the ceiling and the fan, the better. The fan will have more air to draw from, and you’ll feel more air movement because the blades are closer to you.
Most fans come with a short downrod designed for mounting on 8-ft. ceilings. If your ceiling’s less than 8 ft., you’ll need to remove the rod provided and flush-mount the fan. But if you have a higher or sloped ceiling, purchase a longer downrod.
When you decide you are ready to install a new ceiling fan in your home or a replace an old one, don’t hesitate to call us with any questions or to schedule an appointment.