Ceiling fan: One of the best energy saving devices on the market
In the past, prior to the widespread use of air conditioning, ceiling fans were the primary source of cooling for many residences. As air conditioning became more available and affordable, the use of ceiling fans declined. Due to rising energy costs and increasing customer conservation awareness, ceiling fan use is now on the upswing. In addition to saving energy, ceiling fans can also enhance a room's decor.
Ceiling fans are an excellent way to help keep air conditioning energy costs down while maintaining occupant comfort levels. Using ceiling fans during the cooling season can help keep room occupants cool due to the "wind chill" effect. Moving air speeds the evaporation of moisture from the skin, removing heat.
Fans can also be used in conjunction with air conditioning to help reduce energy costs. The "wind chill" effect allows the air conditioner thermostat to be set slightly higher while maintaining the same degree of comfort for room occupants. For example, you can adjust the setting on your thermostat from 78° to 80° F and still keep the occupants comfortable. This increase of 2° F can result in a reduction of up to 15 percent in air conditioning energy use, and the cost of running the ceiling fan is minimal.
Ceiling fans are economical to operate as they consume very little energy. The low operating cost and the potential reduction in cooling and heating costs make the ceiling fan one of the best energy saving devices on the market.