Household fans, including table fans, floor fans, ceiling fans and fans mounted to poles or walls, are generally highly energy efficient. Ceiling fans, for instance, use about the same amount of energy as a 100-watt light bulb.
Even better, Energy Star rated fans use about half that amount. For this reason, they offer an inexpensive solution to keep your home cool and comfortable in the summer. They also prevent your AC from having to work as hard. The less that your air conditioner has to work, the more money that you save. This article discusses some of the amazing benefits of using household fans in the summer.
Combined with an air conditioning system, household fans can help reduce your energy consumption in the summer, translating to lower energy bills. More specifically, household fans provide a wind chill that makes a room feel cooler. As a result, you would be able turn your thermostat up by as much as 4°F and without noticing any significant change in your indoor temperature. This is important because, by setting your thermostat a few degrees higher in the summer, you can cut your annual energy bills by as much as 10%, according to US Department of Energy (DOE). It is worth noting that Energy Star rated ceiling fans circulate about 15% more air on average compared to ordinary ceiling fans. Moreover, an Energy Star rated ceiling fan uses 60% less energy than a 150-watt incandescent bulb.
Improve Indoor Comfort
Alternatively, if your indoor temperature is higher than the outdoor temperature, you can turn off your HVAC system, open your windows and use household fans to expel warm air outdoors. It is important to note that ceiling fan should run counter-clockwise (forward direction) in the summer. Doing this creates a wind chill effect by forcing air down on the people in a room. If you do this effectively, you would be able to lower your indoor temperature by about 8°F and additionally, cut your cooling costs by as much as 40%.
The warm summer heat can make a home feel unpleasantly humid or stuffy. If your home feels this way, you can use a standalone to eliminate moisture and improve your indoor comfort. A standalone fan is ideal for this task because it offers flexibility in terms of placement and positioning. To eliminate moisture in the bathroom, you should use a bathroom or exhaust fan.
Improve Air Circulation
You can use household fans in various ways to improve air circulation in your home. Firstly, you can use household fans to circulate air from your air conditioning system. Secondly, you can use fans to create cross ventilation. This would entail opening your windows. This allows your household fans to draw cool air into your house and expel hot air from your house.
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Household fans offer a cost-effective solution to keeping your home cool in the summer. Additionally, they help improve indoor comfort. Specifically, you can use household fans to eliminate humidity and improve air circulation. It also improves indoor comfort as well as save energy. Energy Star rated fans are the best options. They circulate more air and use less energy than ordinary household fans.
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