Save Money by Using a Ceiling Fan

Posted on: January 25, 2014

Many people are searching for ways to decrease the rising costs of their power bill. Installing a ceiling fan can save you money in both the hot months of summer and the cold snaps of winter.

In the summer, a ceiling fan on high can allow you to turn your thermostat up by 4 degrees without sacrificing your comfort. The way it works is that the ceiling fan circulates the air in such a way that it cools your skin. This means that it is actually cooling you rather than the room. If you leave the room, it is good to turn the fan off to conserve any additional electricity. The ceiling fan only uses the electrical equivalent to just above that of an incandescent light bulb. This means that a fan is typically using anywhere between 75 – 90 watts.

In the winter, a ceiling fan might actually help to warm the room. Certain ceiling fans are equipped to rotate either clockwise or counter-clockwise. Using a clockwise rotation on the low setting can circulate warm air from the ceiling down towards the floor. The difference is not highly significant, but might be enough to lower your heating bill a little. With the increasing costs of heating your home, a little might be worth a lot.

Installing a ceiling fan can be a more difficult process than people initially consider. The ceiling fan may require a larger electrical box than the ceiling light it is replacing. The placement of the ceiling fan is crucial to not only get the optimal benefits from it, but also for safety reasons. Hoffman Electrical has been installing ceiling fans in Tampa since 1989, and their electricians know how to place the fan so you receive the greatest circulation of air with minimal vibration.