Ceiling Fans

on Aug 17, 2010 | 1 comment

Fans have been making hot weather more bearable for centuries.  They create a wind chill effect that makes you feel more comfortable.  And they work just as effectively in your home—even if it’s also cooled by natural ventilation or air conditioning.

Since some rooms in your house can be 15 degrees warmer at the ceiling than at the floor, ceiling fans are considered the most effective fans.  They circulate the air in a room to create a draft and can reduce the difference between the floor and the ceiling to only 3 degrees.

The biggest bonus?  If you use air conditioning, a ceiling fan will allow you to raise the thermostat setting 4°F with no reduction in comfort.  For each degree the thermostat is lowered (and held there for eight hours), you can save about 1percent on your cooling costs.

Here’s what to look for when shopping for a ceiling fan.

– It needs to be reversible in order to provide heat disbursement benefits in the winter.

But don’t forget to turn off fans when you leave a room; fans cool people, not rooms.  It’s our skin that makes the wind chill effect work.

Idaho Power’s Home Products program pays cash incentives for purchasing ENERGY STAR qualified household products, including select ceiling fans, appliances and light fixtures. To learn more, visit idaho power dot com slash home products.