Some of the most important innovations to hit the smart-home market lately include energy efficient ceiling fans. Choosing the right ceiling fan to fit a decor used to be the only factor to consider; however, energy efficiency is now of utmost importance. Why? Over time, the cost of operating and maintaining a ceiling fan can have a significant impact on your pocket book. Choosing one that is energy-efficient will help you manage the energy costs, which can lead to long-term savings.
Ceiling fan operation requires energy for both spinning the fan as well as keeping lights lit (if a model comes with built-in lights). Some fans come with motors that operate at different speeds and consume electricity differently depending on how much air they’re pushing. Their efficiency corresponds to how much air flow (in cubic feet per minute) a fan is able to push over the amount of energy the fan requires to perform this job. Thus, the unit of measure is the cfm/watt, or how many cubic feet of air per minute the fan can push using a single watt of energy.
The Emerson EcoMotor is rated as one of the most energy efficient available. Some more of our favorites include: the Minka Aire F844-DK, Westinghouse 7214100 Harmony, Hunter 5391 Builder Deluxe, and the Fanimation FPD81480B Odyn.
Saving Money through Efficiency
If the fan you choose stands up to the Energy Star standards, you can rest assure its energy-efficient. Wondering what you should look for? Most (inefficient) commercial brands have an efficiency rating between 40 and 180 cfm/watt. On the other hand, Energy Star models are in an entirely different class altogether. Some Energy Star models manage ratings of as much as 1000 cfm/watt. That’s ten times more efficient than regular fans. These efficient fans can lead to massive savings in the long run.
No matter how efficient your fan is, you could still be wasting precious energy and money if you have it running in the wrong direction or leave it running when you’re not in the room. Remember to turn it off as you walk out the door.
Economic Benefits of Better Fans
Homeowners who buy energy efficient ceiling fans look at the long-term cost over the short-term cost. Energy Star fans may be more expensive than regular fans initially, but their efficiency numbers make them far more viable as money-saving devices. At Princeton Fuel Oil Heating & Air Conditioning, we know that running these energy efficient ceiling fans along with your HVAC system can save you money in the long run. Contact our experts to discuss how to properly work your ceiling fans with your heating and cooling system to save you money and keep you comfortable year round.
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