One of the smartest ways to cool your home during the summer months is to install ceiling fans. And, if you’ve had a ceiling fan for over 10 years, it may be time to upgrade to a more energy efficient, stylish fan. Here’s why:
Reduced Energy Costs
Installing ceiling fans can provide a cooler interior air environment and reduce your energy costs. The draft created by the moving blades makes a room feel cooler by up to five degrees. This calculates to a 15% or more savings on energy bills. You can adjust your thermostat accordingly and save additional energy. The U.S. Department of Energy suggests homeowners purchase ceiling fans with the ENERGY STAR symbol to save the most on monthly bills. Certified ENERGY STAR fans run 60% more efficiently than conventional fans/light units.
Ceiling fans are fantastic at keeping your family cool during Arizona’s hot weather. Later in the year when Phoenix Metro temperatures dip below 85-90 degrees, you may be able to turn off your AC system and feel comfortable using only ceiling fans, extending the life of your HVAC system by using it less.
Fans can complement your home’s décor and are a wonderful way to add additional lighting to a room. Ceiling fans work well in other areas of your home, too, such as a home office, kitchen, Arizona sunroom, or a covered patio.
Just like buying a new air conditioning system, you need to purchase a ceiling fan that is properly sized for the square footage of the room and ceiling height. Consulting a professional electrician can help guide you in this process.
When to Upgrade Your Ceiling Fan
Is your ceiling fan making loud noises? The average ceiling fan lifespan is about 10 years depending on the frequency of use and quality. Buzzing noises, grinding, clicking, knocking, or the fan continuing to make a humming noise when you turn it off may be signs of one or more faulty electric capacitors or motor bearings overheating.
Is the ceiling fan speed decreasing? Another common issue of aging ceiling fans is diminishing speed. A fan with reduced speed will be unable to properly circulate the air around a room.
Is the ceiling fan wobbling or shaking? A slight wobble running on the highest fan speed is normal. If the blades are cracked or warped the ceiling fan can wobble uncontrollably, damaging not only the fan but possibly something else in the room. If the ceiling fan is shaking, it may possibly fall at any moment.
Is your ceiling fan broken? Are you renovating a room or redecorating your home? Then it’s probably time to buy a new fan or upgrade to an aesthetically pleasing model that fits your new decor. Call Cool Blew’s team of residential electricians for more information on ceiling fans at 623-872-2900.