Saving the Earth one fan at a time
Anna Ham -
From changing your ceiling fan direction to ceiling fans with LED light, we have tips on how to save money with an energy efficient ceiling fan.
TURN UP THE THERMOSTATBy simply using a ceiling fan, you can raise the thermostat on your air conditioning by six to eight degrees and you won’t notice a difference in comfort. Ceiling fans help circulate air and create a draft in the room. This means your air conditioner doesn’t have to work as hard and you save up to 47% on cooling costs. (This depends on local climate conditions and energy rates. Still-- not bad, right?) During moderate weather – that perfect temperature of not too hot, not too cold – using your ceiling fans may allow you to not turn on the air conditioner all together. Bonus tip: Want to save 15% on your heating costs in the winter? Reverse the ceiling fan direction so it goes clockwise (there’s a small switch on the fan’s body or you can hold the fan button down on our handheld remote). It creates an upward draft and sends warm air throughout the room.
Fans cool people, not rooms. You’ll hear our experts at Hunter say this a lot. Ceiling fans create a wind chill effect. What’s that? Glad you asked. A ceiling fan makes you feel cooler by speeding up the evaporation of perspiration on your skin. For example, if the thermostat in your room is set to 80 degrees, running the fan could make you feel as if it’s 72 degrees.
LEAVING? DON’T LEAVE THE FAN ON.
THE PERFECT FITIf your fan is too small, it won’t move enough air. Too big, and it could move too much air (brrr). Here’s a table to help you decide what size fan you need:
|ROOM SIZE||FAN SIZE|
|10’ x 10’ (small room)||30” to 48”|
|20’ x 20’ (large room)||50” to 54”|
|More than 20’ x 20’ (great room)||56” or larger|
Green as in energy efficient, of course. Switch out those traditional incandescent bulbs in your ceiling fan for LED bulbs. Here at Hunter, we want our fans to be as energy efficient as possible. We’re even making the switch to using LED bulbs in all of our ceiling fans with lights. Our LED bulbs operate at 9.8 watts. That’s the equivalent of a 60 watt bulb. Simply put-- less energy and more money savings!
ENERGY EFFICIENT LIGHTING
|LIGHTBULB LIFE SPAN|
|Hunter’s LED||Incandescent||CFL (compact fluorescent)|
|25,000 hours||2,000 hours||10,000|