Cantor’s Corner: Ceiling Fans Save Energy
by Gregg Cantor
Resident Expert, The Home Pro Show
President, Murray Lampert Design, Build, Remodel
Ceiling fans are not just for cooling off in the summer. Did you know that ceilings fans can help cut down on your energy costs all year round? Circulating air with a ceiling fan can reduce your energy bill and provide comfort in your home in a stylish way.
If used properly, ceiling fans can yield up to 45 percent in energy savings. With San Diego energy rates rising no less than 6 percent each year historically, 45 percent savings can go a long way.
Many homeowners are not aware of how practical and affordable ceiling fans can be.
Ceiling Fans in Summer
During the summer months, the slightly angled blades of a ceiling fan turn counterclockwise, moving air down which has a cooling effect. The air movement keeps you cooler, and if you can set the thermostat a little higher if you have central air conditioning.
Ceiling Fans in Winter
You may not think about running your ceiling fan in the winter, but that’s another opportunity to save energy. By flipping the switch on the fan motor to reverse the blades, you can save up to 10 percent in heating costs.
When running your forced air heater, warm air rises to the ceiling while cooler air sinks. Switching the direction of the fan blades will draw the cooler air upwards, which forces the warmer air near the ceiling back down into your living space. Pushing warm air down where it’s needed means you can turn the thermostat down a few degrees and still stay warm.
Just remember, clockwise in winter, counterclockwise in summer.