November 6th, 2008 | 718 Comments
We installed ceiling fans to save fuel–did you know that ceiling fans can reduce your energy bill by as much as 15% both in the winter as well as in the summer?
Just hit the reverse switch and the current will push down the hot air that has risen to the ceiling, heating the room more efficiently. And more efficient heating equals big savings as energy costs rise.
On most summer days, we just used our ceiling fans and then turned on our whole house fan in the evening on the hottest days.
Home Depot has great guides to selecting a ceiling fan and installing a ceiling fan and even has a section of video instructions so you can do this project yourself and save even more money. If you need a little more guidance, you can check out the home improvement clinics at your local Home Depot.
With these guides, we were enjoying our new fan in just a couple of hours. The ease of the project will depend on your attic access and whether or not you have an existing electrical box.
And good air circulation does more than just save you money and protect the environment, it may also reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) for babies. A recent study suggests that using a fan may cut the rate of SIDS by as much as 72% (Find out more ways to reduce the risk of SIDS).
Now that I know about the heating and health benefits of using ceiling fans, I’ll keep using mine through the winter.
Money and fuel are both finite resources, so I am always looking for energy-saving solutions that are better for the environment and for my budget.
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Written by Candace
Candace is the co-editor and co-founder of Mamanista. She is an educational consultant and writer.
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