Energy Efficiency with Ceiling Fans
A ceiling fan uses only as much energy as a light globe or up to 100W compared to an air-conditioner which uses 2500W, That’s savings you a massive 96% in your cooling energy bills.
How much savings? A fan costs you 2 to 3c per hour to run while an air-conditioner is 50c/hour!
Benefits of Ceiling Fans
- They are a low cost cooling solution for your home or office
- Allow you to cool just the room you are using at the time
- Can make you feel up to 8 degrees cooler
- Can work in conjunction with an air-conditioner increasing the effectiveness on both devices and reducing your air-conditioner running costs by up to 40%
- Modern ceiling fans have improved motors, controls, blade design and weight, allowing them to be more energy efficient
- Look modern and sleek in your home and save you space compared to a pedestal fan
- In winter, reverse mode ceiling fans circulate warm air downwards, thereby reducing heating costs by up to 10%
Correct Installation of a Ceiling Fan
Most rooms can have a ceiling fan or combined light-ceiling fan installed. To maximise the benefits of ceiling fans they should be installed in several rooms including the main use areas and bedrooms for hot summer night cooling.
For best performance from your ceiling fan, the blades should be between 2 to 3 metres above the floor, 25 to 30 cm below the ceiling and at least 45cm from the nearest wall. If the blades of your fan are too close to the ceiling, the fan will not operate efficiently.
Remote controls are a convenient way to control your ceiling fan. A remote control can come with several features including a timer which can automatically turn your fan off after a preset period or a switch off delay for the light fitting (if installed).
Remote controls can also be used when installing a fan where ceiling access is limited and extra cabling cannot be installed.