Ceiling Fans Vs. Air Conditioning: A Story of Energy-efficiency, Cost Savings and Style

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As individuals in a society that is striving to move away from wasteful energy consumption and towards sustainable energy conservation and cost savings, we are always looking for ways to do our part.  Many of us have analyzed our household lighting, electronics, and appliance usage, and made adjustments to conserve energy and save money.  Similarly, it is to our benefit, and the benefit of society as a whole, that we take a close look at the cooling systems in our homes and determine if there are changes we can make to conserve energy and financial resources; more often than not, there are.

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During warmer seasons of the year, we all want to maintain a cool, comfortable atmosphere in our homes.  For many of us, that means turning on the air conditioner, expending a significant amount of energy, and paying high costs to do so.  While air conditioning certainly has its place and makes for an appropriate cooling option at times, the benefits of ceiling fan usage either alone, or in conjunction with air conditioning, can offer many significant energy and cost saving advantages.  Consider that a ceiling fan by a manufacturer like Fanimation uses as few as 30 watts during operation, while a central air conditioning system can use upwards of 5,000 watts.  Additionally, ceiling fans when used properly regulate air circulation in a room.  Setting a fan to spin counter clockwise sends cooler air downward, making the room’s occupants feel up to four degrees cooler.  In warmer months, this means you can conserve energy and save money by turning up/off the thermostat on your air conditioning.  In cooler months, you can set the ceiling fan back to clockwise and still enjoy all of its air circulating benefits.

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The use of ceiling fans is so effective at reducing energy consumption that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends using them to reduce or eliminate the need to use air conditioning.  In an effort to motivate every American to reduce energy consumption by turning off their central air conditioning systems and relying solely on fans, Fanimation is initiating National Ceiling Fan Day (“NCFD”) on September 18, 2013.  Full participation would result in a savings of over three trillion kilowatts hours of energy consumption!  NCFD will go a long way towards raising awareness about how ceiling fans can fit into an overall energy and cost savings plan.

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It comes as little surprise that Fanimation is taking the lead on raising awareness about ceiling fans.  Fanimation pushes the boundaries of ceiling fan technology and their fans offers some distinct advantages over conventional ceiling fans.  Fanimation offers a large selection of fans with DC motors, which generate more power/torque than conventional fans while consuming 70% of the power.  DC motor fans are also lighter, require less electrical energy, offer six speeds with reverse technology and are virtually silent, among numerous other benefits.  Many Fanimation ceiling fans also come with the prestigious ENERGY STAR rating, which the Department of Energy bestows upon the most energy efficient appliances and building products.  Fanimation’s Islander Collection ceiling fans boast the prestigious ENERGY STAR rating and DC motors, while offering a touch of the tropics via an eye-catching design narrative.  The Fanimation Zonix Wet Collection is also notable for its ENERGY STAR rating, as well as a modern, sophisticated style.

As you think of ways to conserve energy, reduce your costs, and add a touch of style to your home, consider the use of ceiling fans and all of the wonderful ways in which they will benefit your household.

Using Energy Star Lighting

The Energy Star program was first established in 1992 by the Environmental Protection Agency.  The program seeked to identify and promote clean and smart energy products and habits.  Since its birth, the Energy Star program has played a crucial role in bringing together businesses, organizations, and American consumers for a brighter tomorrow.

Energy efficiency was one of pillars that the Energy Star program was built upon.  Products with the program’s seal of approval are not only better for the environment but also are much more efficient.  Before it used to be that you had to change out the light bulb on your outdoor porch light every of couple of months. That is until I traded my porch light in for an Energy Star fixture, now it’s only every 6 months that you need to change the bulb.

Energy Star fixtures use only a quarter of the energy that traditional fixtures use and distribute the light more efficiently as well. If you are interested in changing over to Energy Star fixtures, it’s recommended that you do an inventory of your home. Take note of the rooms you spend the most time in and the fixtures and lamps that you use most often…that’s where you begin to assess which lighting products you change out first.

Bellacor offers over 2500 products that carry the Energy Star logo in many different décor styles from. It used to be that fluorescent lights were only available in the flickering blue light block that you found in the basement workshop. Due to new technology and design, visitors to your home won’t be able to guess that your new eye-pleasing fixture is actually an energy efficient fluorescent fixture!  Compliment your living room with a Fernleaf Breeze Rustic Energy Star Ceiling Fan or pick up a Salisbury Rubbed Bronze Energy Star Outdoor Wall Light to brighten you house at night.

Bellacor can assist you in choosing the right Energy Star fixture for every room and in doing so will help you save money on your electric bill and bulb replacements. You will spend more time enjoying your home and less time changing the bulbs!!!