Ceiling Fan Research
With such popularity of ceiling fans, new studies are being performed often to determine how efficient they are and what, if any type of changes need to be made. Remember, just as with other appliances, not all ceiling fans are created equal, which is why studies are so important in helping both the manufacturer and consumer make good choices.
The truth is that research has shown that the consumption of ceiling fan energy can be dramatically reduced if the wrong motor is used, one that is just not efficient. In fact, this same report showed the using the wrong blade design can also have an effect on the performance of the fan. Although many people will go with a give-blade design, a three or four-blade fan is actually better.
When buying a ceiling fan, choose a model that has the highest air flow and the lowest power use at each of the three speeds. Now, you need to remember that manufacturers use their own method of testing air flow so you may not see the same results from one company to the next. Therefore, it would help to make comparisons between fans all made by the same manufacturer.
When buying a light kit, again you want to look for types that are labeled as being energy efficient. If you have an older model fan or one that is used as the primary light source in a room that needs adequate light, then you might benefit from upgrading our lighting fixture. You can purchase the light kits separately so whatever style your current fan has, it can be replaced.
The Energy Start light kits are probably the best. While they may be a little higher priced, it is money well spent. Typically, these kits come with hard-wired ballasts and pin-based CFLs, which can actually cut the electricity used by lighting as much as 75 percent. In addition, you will also notice not just a brighter light but also one that is more natural.
Next, remind yourself that you are buying your fan for you and not your room. In most cases, a room will have air that is about 20 to 30 degrees cooler than the human body. Therefore, a quality ceiling fan is designed to improve the comfort of the person by producing a wind chill effect as the air blows over the skin of a person. When you leave the room, you simply pull the switch pull or hit the off switch to save even more energy.
Now, when you run your ceiling fan in the summer, it again creates a downward blowing effect that helps to cool off the people in the room. However, that same fan has a motor that can be reversed so the air is pushed from the ceiling down. Since warm air rises, this helps to create a warmer feel to the room. Therefore, a ceiling fan is a great investment in that it saves energy and thereby the electric bill, can create a cool, comfortable room in the summertime, and then help warm a room in the winter. Just remember to buy quality and read labels.