Ceiling fans can bring numerous energy saving benefits to the home. Most ceiling fans use only about as much power as a 100 watt light bulb. When used properly, ceiling fans can save you money in utility bills in both the winter and summer months.
In the summer months, your ceiling fan offers the greatest energy saving benefits when run in a counter-clockwise direction. While a ceiling fan does not necessarily lower the temperature, it does make the room feel cooler by providing a circulatory breeze. If the outside temperature is not too high, you might be able to achieve a comfortable environment by turning off the HVAC altogether, by opening a few windows and allowing the ceiling fan to circulate warm air outdoors. Effective circulation can make you feel up to 8 degrees cooler, and reduce air conditioning bills by up to 40%.
Warm air is lighter than cool air. In any given room there are layers of air with varying degrees of temperature, the warmest air near the ceiling. In the winter months, you should run your ceiling fan in a clockwise direction. This pushes warm air up against the ceiling and then down the walls, gently recirculating warm air through the room without causing a chilling breeze. This technique has been proven to lower home or office heating costs by as much as 10% by offsetting the HVAC work load.
The stylish one: Cirrus Hugger
At 13 inches, the Cirrus Hugger is designed specifically for low-ceiling applications. While compact in scale, this hugger is an exceptionally powerful air mover. The same direct and ambient lighting options are available as with the Cirrus. They come with light option, different finish colors, blade lengths and remote control are available.
The Heavy duty one: Isis by Big Ass Fan
If you have a spacious room with a high ceiling in your home, no doubt you struggle with keeping the space comfortable. If you've tried to improve matters by using ordinary ceiling fans, you've likely found that they are primarily designed for small rooms and can't solve your problem. The reason: with their small motors and flat paddles, they simply can't move enough air to make a difference. What you need is a serious air moving machine… something that circulates an ocean of air that can be felt from floor to ceiling and wall to wall.
The sophisticated one: The Artemis Fan by Minka Aire
The distinct profile of the Artemis fan is formed by the Flying Vanes that become the fan housing. Three contoured aerodynamic vanes (blades) featuring infinitely variable pitch are the essence of this unique design. Includes 3.5" and 6" downloads, cap for non-light use and full function wall mount control system. Integrated halogen light with 190W light limiter and etched glass diffuser. Available in several colors and patterns.