If you’re looking for ways to beat the heat and use your air conditioner less, a ceiling fan can be a great investment for your home. This one appliance can make a room feel 6 or 7 degrees cooler, and even the most power-hungry fan costs less than $10 a month to use if you keep it on for 12 hours a day. Good fans make it possible for you to raise your thermostat setting and save on air-conditioning costs. Fans don’t use much energy, but when air is circulating, it feels much cooler. Ceiling fans are best, but a good portable fan can be very effective as well.
You should remember that even mild air movement can make you feel three or four degrees cooler. Also make sure your ceiling fan is turned for summer – you should feel the air blown downward.
When choosing a ceiling fan, remember it’s just like good whiskey: the more you pay, the smoother it is.
Keep in mind that installing a ceiling fan is not as simple as putting up a light fixture. Because of both the weight and the constant movement, fans need to be braced and properly supported to function properly. We recommend that a professional install all ceiling fans. Often your initial investment can be re-couped in less than 2 years. Be smart. Be green.