A cooling breeze from one of your home fans – what better way to be comfortable in the summer heat and all the while keeping your utility bills down? What a bargain!
Here are some interesting figures. Since your home fans only use between 13 to 30 percent of the energy of a central air conditioning system, they will pay for themselves in no time. And the moving air from a fan just feels wonderful!
With the huge selection of fans on the market, your biggest problem is choosing between a ceiling fan, a portable fan, a pedestal fan or a window fan. What type would fit your specific needs?
Which ever model you choose, remember, that unlike your air conditioning which must be on all the time to be effective, your fan can be turned off when you’re not standing in front of it. Now that’s a savings right there.
Table or Personal Fans – Easy to Carry With You
Let’s start off the table fan. Also known as the portable or personal fan. Best for small rooms or spaces, you can carry these fans with you from room to room (from the kitchen to the computer) and cool the area you occupy at that moment. No need to cool the whole house when you’re only in one room at a time – right?
Portable home fans are also great to take camping and as some are battery operated, perfect for the ballpark. Prices can be under $10 for a small personal fan and most people say they do not even see the difference on their utility bill – even when running the fan for hours . Today’s fans are quieter and much safer for children then the fans of several years ago.
They are also much more energy efficient.
Table or Personal Fans From Amazon
A table fan now can have multiple features. Some can clip onto your desk or table. Many of the battery operated fans come with 12v adapters. Models that oscillate can cover more territory. Those with curved vents swirl the air and are sometimes known as “air-circulators” giving a different effect.
A good fan will have tilt adjustment and more than one speed. It should also have a removable grille and a weighted base for stability.
Pedestal fans are best for medium sized rooms. A height adjustable model allows you to control exactly where the breeze flows and a model which oscillates, will cover the most area keeping several people comfortable at once.
Although a ceiling fan has larger coverage, a pedestal fan can do a surprisingly good job while still giving you the ability to move your fan from room to room – where you need it the most at that moment.
Clearing a stuffy room is easy. Increase the circulation by placing the fan in the dorway or weather permitting, in front of a window.
Pedestal or Tower Fans From Amazon
Pedestal fans also include the tower fan style as seen here. Both can oscillate, but some tower fans may not have as much height adjustment.
When choosing your fan, a pedestal fan is better for larger spaces, while a tower fan is fine for smaller spaces such as a bedroom.
When buying look for adjustable height, variable speeds and a removable grille. Oscillation should be 90 degrees. Make sure the base is sturdy enough so that at the highest oscillation speed, the fan is stable.
A ceiling fan motor is one of the hardest workers in your home and you should give it as nmuch buying consideration as a major appliance. Ceiling fans are actually a home improvement item.
Will you notice a difference in your utility bill when using your ceiling fans to cool your home instead of your central air conditioning? Absolutely! The breeze from a good fan cools your skin making you feel more comfortable in a warmer envirnment.
After the motor, the material the blade is made of is also important. High humidity can warp particle board blades and the fan will become unbalanced. Under extremely humid conditions, even solid wood blades may warp. Consider your climate when making your purchasing decision.
When installing your fan, if you already have a dimmer switch, do not use it for the fan as it can damage the motor – using a dimmer for the light is OK however
Ceiling Fans From Amazon
As you see below, ceiling fans come is such a variety of styles, that it’s possible to match your decor. Many come with lights and some have reversible blades sending warm air back down into the room in cold weather. Your fan can also have a remote control for convenience.
An important consideration is the mounting. Most ceiling fans come with the standard mounting kits. However, a “sloped” ceiling requires a sloped mount. Since fans should not hang lower than 7 feet, including the light if you have one, then the lower ceiling would use a closer fitting flush mounting. And finally, if your ceiling is tall, an extension rod can bring the fan down.
The fan should clear the walls by at least 18 inches – placed preferably in the middle of the room.
Window fans are an alternative if you live in a milder climate with warm days, but cooler nights. Using your fan at night can be an even cheaper way to cool you home as night energy rates are lower in many areas. If you live in a more humid climate with mosquitoes and gnats, you need to be aware that a window fan may allow these night critters in. Here is a very good article by Jack Herrick in WikiHow which explains the pros and cons of a window fan and includes a very good explanation on how to install. How to Use Window Fans For Home Cooling
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