Not only is a ceiling fan a great way to keep cool on a warm day, but it can be an attractive accent in a room. Even for homeowners with central air-conditioning, a ceiling fan can be perfect for keeping energy bills lower.
A ceiling fan can help keep energy costs down, in both summer and winter. When a ceiling fan is operated in hot weather, the air blowing down makes you feel cooler. You can then raise the air conditoner settings, resulting in lower energy bills.
If a ceiling fan has a reverse setting, it can help keep costs down in winter. Because warm air rises, it collects near the ceiling of a room. When a ceiling fan is operated in reverse at a slow setting, the ceiling fan circulates the warm air, making the entire room feel warmer. You can then lower the thermostat.
The pitch of the ceiling fan blades is an important consideration when shopping for a ceiling fan. The pitch is the angle at which the ceiling fan blades are set. A ceiling fan with blades at a lower pitch, say 8 or 10 degrees, will not be able to push as much air downward as a ceiling fan with blades at a higher pitch.
A ceiling fan with a pitch that is higher, say 14 degrees, can push more air down, making you feel cooler, but such a ceiling fan requires a larger motor to operate and is therefore more expensive.
While you might see an attractive, inexpensive ceiling fan while shopping, keep in mind that this type of ceiling fan usually has a lower pitch and smaller motor, with a lower capability to cool. Also, check out the covering of the motor on any ceiling fan you are considering. A thin ceiling fan motor cover tends to rattle and vibrate more than a thicker cover.
Hugger vs. Rod Fans
While the standard ceiling fan is a rod fan, less effective hugger fans are also available. These fans are mounted right to the ceiling box and are generally used for rooms with low ceilings, where a standard fan’s blades wouldn’t be more than 7 feet from the floor.