Now that Summer is here finding ways to stay cool is on everyone’s mind. It’s important to keep cool but at what cost to our wallets and to our environment? Running the air conditioning can use a lot of electricity and most people today (including myself) are trying to cut back on energy use because of the damage it is doing to our beautiful planet plus the cost of energy usage. That’s where energy efficient ceiling fans come in. An energy efficient ceiling fan helps you reduce your energy usage, electricity costs, and improves your room’s comfort all at the same time. You can reduce your electric bill up to 40% in the Summer and up to 10% in the Winter by using an energy efficient fan. These fans use less energy and cost less to run than A/C units. Ceiling fans with effective air circulation can make you feel 7-9 degrees cooler because they create a wind chill effect. So you can turn up your A/C and still get the same cooling comfort by using one-third less energy. Imagine if everyone used energy efficient ceiling fans. What a BIG difference that would make! By using one of these fans you can do your part for the environment without sacrificing comfort plus you’ll save money. It can’t get better than that. J
What to Look for in Energy Efficient Ceiling Fans?
The main things that you need to look for when buying an energy efficient ceiling fan is the product airflow, electricity use, airflow efficiency, and if the fan has an energy star rating. The product airflow is the amount of air circulation produced by the ceiling fan. It is measured by cubic feet per minute, also known as CFM. You want to look for a ceiling fan with a product airflow of 4500 CFM and above to receive optimal air circulation. The electricity use of a ceiling fan is the amount of watts used by the ceiling fan when in use. When looking for an energy efficient ceiling fan you want to try to find one with a lower usage of wattage. The most important thing to look for is the airflow efficiency of the fan. Airflow efficiency is calculated by taking the product airflow CFM and divides it by the watts used. Energy efficient fans should have an airflow efficiency of 75 CFM/Watts and higher. The last thing to look for is the Energy Star logo. Most energy efficient ceiling fans have an energy star rating although keep your eye out for ceiling fans without the logo because sometimes you can find a more energy efficient ceiling fan that doesn’t have an energy star rating.
Energy Star Ceiling Fans
The best selling ceiling fans in the industry today are Energy Star rated due to the increased awareness of the environment. For a ceiling fan to earn an Energy Star rating it must meet the Energy Star product criteria established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, also known as EPA.
Energy Star ceiling fans move 20% more air effectively and use approximately 50% less electricity than standard fans. Ceiling fans with Energy Star qualifications have improved motors and blades designs that result in lower energy usage which will save you money and help the environment all in one.
One of the most popular Energy Star fan is the Hunter 23856 Original Classic fan.
Hunter Fan 23856 52” Original Classic White Ceiling Fan
Product Airflow – 6947 CFM
Electricity Use – 87 watts
Airflow Efficiency – 80 CFM/watt
Extreme Green Ceiling Fans
Monte Carlo has developed extreme green ceiling fans. These fans combine Monte Carlo’s engineering with energy star standards. These ceiling fans are 300% more efficient than the average ceiling fan! One of the most energy efficient fans on the market today is the new 2010 Monte Carlo 5VSR60BSD Versio 60” fan.
Monte Carlo Fan 5VSR60BSD 60” Versio Brushed Steel Ceiling Fan
Product Airflow – 4646 CFM
Electricity Use – 12.1 watts
Airflow Efficiency – 383.9 CFM/watt
When shopping for Monte Carlo energy efficient ceiling fans look for the Extreme Green Logo.
Other Top Energy Efficient Ceiling Fans
Minka Aire F823-MG 52” Wing Mahogany Ceiling Fan
The unique Minka Aire F823-MG Wing ceiling fan has a sleek, modern design that will add style and comfort to your home while being energy efficient.
Product Airflow – 6000 CFM
Electricity Use – 31 watts
Airflow Efficiency – 193 CFM/watt
Emerson Fan CF252BS 52” Brushed Steel Curva Fan
The Emerson CF252BS Curva ceiling fan has a contemporary design and is UL Wet rated, which makes it suitable for covered and uncovered outdoor locations.
Product Airflow – 5329 CFM
Electricty Use – 45 watts
Airflow Efficiency – 118 CFM/watt
Energy Efficient ceiling fans, when used properly, help you add comfort to your home year-round while cutting down on energy use and costs. The ceiling fan direction in the Summer months should run counter-clockwise to create a cooling downdraft. While in the Winter months the ceiling fan direction should run clockwise to circulate warm air from the ceiling down to the floor to evenly distribute the warm air. Also make sure you buy the right size ceiling fan for your room to ensure the maximum air movement. When you are looking for a light kit for an energy efficient ceiling fan make sure you find an energy saving light kit as well. Go green, save money and stay comfortable with energy efficient ceiling fans. J
Energy Saving Tip: Ceiling fans cool people not rooms so always remember to turn off your ceiling fan when leaving a room.
Del Mar Designs
This was written by Melissa of www.DelmarFans.com. She wanted to share her knowledge on energy efficient ceiling fans.