Secrets of Energy Saving for Lights and Fans

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Using your Fan In Winter

Warm air often collects near the ceilings of homes. A ceiling fan spinning clockwise pushes the warm air toward the walls and the floor. This improved air circulation lets you save energy and lower your utility bills by using your furnace less. Using a fan is more efficient than using your home’s furnace because you only need to turn on the ceiling fan in the room you’re currently using.

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More Winter Comfort

Since rooms that have ceiling fans feel warmer in winter, you may be able to turn down your thermostat to save energy without dealing with discomfort. Ceiling fans also help you avoid using space heaters or other devices to stay comfortable.

By some estimations, experts report that homeowners can save as much as 15 percent on heating costs when they run ceiling fans during the winter. To ensure optimal savings and comfort, however, it’s important to choose an energy-efficient fan. Opt for an ENERGY STAR-rated ceiling fan, which uses better motors and innovative blade designs to lower the fans’ energy consumption by as much as 60% over standard fans. If you’re curious about installing a ceiling fan in Denver, give Bell Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electrical a call to discuss options!

Using Your Fan In Summer

Ceiling fans are a secret weapon in the battle against inflated air conditioning bills. By moving air, ceiling fans create a wind chill effect in which the air feels cooler to the skin than the actual temperature. This means thermostats can be turned up to a warmer setting and the air in the room will still feel as if it were being cooled.

When properly installed, ceiling fans allow you to turn up your thermostat by about four degrees without sacrificing comfort. The closer a thermostat’s setting is to the outdoor temperature, the less frequently the air conditioner will run. In turn, this saves money by reducing energy consumption.

On average, ceiling fans with an ENERGY STAR® certification are 20% more efficient at moving air than those without the certification according to Energy Saver.

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LED Light Bulbs

If you opt for a light pack in your ceiling fan, install LED light bulbs. According to Energy.Gov, the light-emitting diode (LED) is today’s most energy-efficient lighting technology. Residential LEDs — especially ENERGY STAR rated products — use at least 75% less energy and last up to 25 times longer than incandescent lighting. With performance improvements and dropping prices, LED lamps can affordably and effectively replace 40, 60, 75, and even 100-Watt incandescent bulbs.

Looking to save on your heating and cooling bills? Contact our licensed Denver electricians at Bell, Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electrical to set up your ceiling fans and high efficiency bulbs!


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