The height of summer is great if you intend to spend it by the beach or the swimming pool. Unfortunately, it is a different story if you are stuck at home, trying to make yourself comfortable in the sweltering heat. In that case, there is often only one solution: crank up the air conditioner or the ceiling fan in an effort to stay as cool as possible.
That being said, it is of little wonder that energy consumption also tends to increase during summer – sometimes outrageously so! Fortunately, manufacturers have come up with various lines of energy-efficient appliances, including air conditioning units and ceiling fans, to suit every need, lifestyle, and budget.
As you may have guessed already, energy-efficient fans tend to be more expensive than their traditional counterparts. Despite the price difference, however, it is still better to invest in an energy-efficient ceiling fan. In this article, we will discuss why an energy-efficient ceiling fan is a good investment.
What does it mean when a ceiling fan is energy-efficient?
When it comes to ceiling fans, energy efficiency can be measured by looking at the ratio between air flow and energy consumption. Air flow is measured in cubic feet per minute (cfm) and the higher the number, the higher the air flow. This means that the ceiling fan is better able to circulate air, allowing cool air to go down and hot air to rise. Meanwhile, energy consumption is measured in kilowatt-hour. The higher the number, the more energy is consumed by the fan to operate.
To determine the energy efficiency of a ceiling fan, we divide the air flow per unit time by the energy use per unit time. The higher the number, the more energy-efficient the ceiling fan is, seeing that it provides greater air flow for every watt consumed. Conveniently, manufacturers now post the energy-efficiency factor of appliances so you can easily check how energy-efficient a particular ceiling fan is.
Note, however, that the energy efficiency factor is not the only indicator of optimal functioning when it comes to ceiling fans. After all, no matter how energy efficient a ceiling fan is, if it is too small for the room, it still will not be sufficient to greatly improve air flow in the room. That said, it is important to consider the size of the ceiling fan and of the room where it will be installed in order to maximize the ceiling fan’s energy efficiency.
Why should you invest in an energy-efficient ceiling fan?
Now that you have a better understanding of energy efficiency as regards ceiling fans, let us go to the important discussion: why should you shell out good money in an energy-efficient ceiling fan when there are cheaper alternatives? Here are some reasons:
- Despite being slightly more expensive than regular ceiling fans, investing in a high-quality energy-efficient ceiling fan will allow you to save more money in the long run. Having greater air flow means that you can operate the ceiling fan at a lower setting, letting you lower your energy consumption. These small savings can really add up in the long run and before you know it, you would have already gained a return on the extra money you have spent in buying an energy-efficient ceiling fan. Even better, if you are using a ceiling fan simultaneously with an air conditioning unit, then you can increase the temperature setting in your thermostat. This way, you save up on energy consumption not only as regards your ceiling fan, but also in connection to your air conditioner.
- You save up on replacement and/or repair. Regular ceiling fans not only require more energy to operate, but they are also more prone to wear and tear, especially if you have to regularly operate it at the highest setting. This is not the case with energy-efficient ceiling fans. Note that energy-efficient fans operate by combining an energy-efficient motor with an equally efficient and optimal outer body. The blade size and shape, as well as the size, rotation and material used for the body of the ceiling fan, all contribute to the efficiency of the appliance. As such, energy-efficient ceiling fans tend to generate great air flow even at its lowest setting, as compared to regular ceiling fans. Since energy-efficient ceiling fans do not have to be operated at the maximum setting all the time, it takes a longer time to be worn out. Hence, you do not need to have it repaired – or, in certain cases, replaced – too often, unlike its regular ceiling counterparts.
- Using an energy-efficient ceiling fan is a lot safer. One of the dangers of high energy consumption and continuous operation at a high setting is overheating. This danger is especially serious during the summer when everything is dry and catches fire easily. If you intend to keep your ceiling fan on for most of the day, then it is incredibly important to install one which is energy-efficient and less likely to overheat. Since energy-efficient ceiling fans are optimized and provides good air flow even at the lowest setting, then the motors do not work as hard as those in regular ceiling fans, thereby minimizing the risk of overheating.
Despite its more expensive price tag, an energy-efficient ceiling fan is still the best bet for homeowners who want to make the most out of their money without sacrificing their comfort or their safety. It might be tempting to scrimp on ceiling fans considering the simplicity of its mechanism, but in the long haul, you will save even more if you invest in something of high quality and of greater energy efficiency.
In addition, the durability and the comparative safety of energy-efficient ceiling fans make it very convenient for homeowners who do not want to go through the hassle of constant maintenance and repair. The resulting convenience, coupled with the savings that you will accumulate when you use an energy-efficient ceiling fan, is reason enough to invest in a high-quality energy-efficient ceiling fan.