The number of homes being built today is staggering. More and more homebuilders are finding that the indoor air quality (IAO) is important for the comfort of the homeowner and for helping with operating costs. The discovery made is that the use of ceiling fans actually assists with both quality and efficiency.
When using a single thermostat system, the level of comfort and IAO can vary. The reason is that the mixing of the air is not adequate. However, by adding ceiling fans to several rooms in the home, the temperature of the room can decrease by as much as 5°F. Ceiling fans are exceptionally helpful for two-story or a large home where producing adequate air circulation is a real challenge.
When using ceiling fans to assist the load of central air conditioning, you can save in the summertime, anywhere from 10% on your energy bill and during the winter, as much as 5%! It is for this reason that homeowners are turning back to ceiling fans as a way of cooling and warming a home. The great aspect of ceiling fans is that the designs have changed dramatically over the years. Today, you will find every size, color, and design imaginable, perfect to match any room décor.
Interestingly, a ceiling fan motor uses only 10 to 100 watts, which varies dependent on size and speed. However, central air conditioners will use an astounding 2,000 to 5,000 watts. The savings that you will enjoy simply by installing ceiling fans is truly amazing. Just remember that to save higher numbers, the thermostat is crucial.
For example, a study performed by The Florida Solar Energy Center determined there was no difference between air conditioning thermostat settings in homes in Florida with ceiling fans and those that did not. Because of this, the homes with ceiling fans actually paid higher energy bills. To correct this problem, all you need to do is change the thermostat, allowing the ceiling fan to do more of the work. The result is that you will still be living in a comfortable home while the air conditioning unit is not turning off and on as often.
Additionally, remember that ceiling fans are an excellent way of supplementing a standard HVAC system, although it does not offer the same wide range of features such as filtration, ventilation, and so on. Since ceiling fans are not intended for ventilation and only circulation, they do not bring cold air into the home they circulate the air, creating a breeze that can work wonderfully with the air conditioner. There are some ceiling fans that have blades with filters to help trap odors and particles, but most do not. Regardless, the benefits of adding a ceiling fan or two to your home will be noticeable and worth the investment.