Although you may not have considered it, your ceiling fan can help you save on your energy bills. The National Association of House Builders estimates that ceiling fans can help you reduce your energy bills by 30 to 40 percent. With that in mind, we want you to know that there is more to choosing your ceiling fan than ensuring the fan matches your décor.
At Harrison Electric, we want you to make the right choices when it comes to keeping your house cool, including choosing the right ceiling fan. Here are three things you should consider before you purchase your next ceiling fan.
Your Fan’s Location
Your fan’s location is important. The Underwriters Laboratories rates ceiling fans based on where they will be located in your home. In order to get the best performance from your fan, it’s imperative that you purchase a fan that is rated for the specific location you want it installed in your home. The following are the three ratings Underwriters Laboratories assigns to ceiling fans.
UL Dry are ceiling fans that are designed to be installed inside your home. These fans aren’t designed to be exposed to high humidity levels, so you should avoid using these on your porch.
UL Damp are ceiling fans can tolerate higher humidity levels than UL Dry-rated ceiling fans. However, these fans aren’t designed to be outside either. They are more appropriate for homes in climates with high humidity levels.
UL WET are ceiling fans that can tolerate being installed on your porch. These fans can be safely installed on your porch.
The Fan’s Lighting Options
If your goal is to lower your energy costs, then you want to have a professional install a ceiling fan that accommodates low wattage bulbs. Since some bulbs have a special design, it’s important that you examine what type of bulb your ceiling fan requires before making a purchase.
Is It Energy Efficient?
When it comes to your electricity bills, there are many opportunities to reduce the amount of money you spend, including using an energy-efficient fan. To maximize your ceiling fan’s performance, you want to choose a fan that is both energy efficient and one that has an increased rate of airflow. The higher your airflow the more you will feel the coolness from your ceiling fan.
If you need a ceiling fan installed, we are happy to help. We can help you choose an energy-efficient ceiling fan that will help your household reduce your energy consumption.