Are you looking for a better, cheaper, more sustainable way to control the temperature inside your home? If that’s the case, you should consider installing ceiling fans.
Ceiling fans are among the most useful fixtures you can have in your home. It’s easy to install your own ceiling fans, as long as you have a light fixture currently in the ceiling.
Ceiling fans can enhance your lighting and decor, lower your energy bills, reduce your carbon footprint, and help you stay comfortable in your home year-round.
You can even hang ceiling fans outdoors to keep bugs away and create a nice breeze outside.
What Can Ceiling Fans Do For Your Home?
1. Punch Up Your Decor
Today’s ceiling fans aren’t like the one your grandmother had. Nowadays, you can buy modern ceiling fans in a wide range of styles, designs, and colors to match any decor. Choose something sleek and contemporary to match your minimalist aesthetic, or go with something bright and colorful to add a conversation piece and focal point to the room.
2. Stay Cool in the Summer and Warm in the Winter
Operating a ceiling fan can make your room feel at least four degrees cooler. But did you know that ceiling fans can keep you comfortable all year round? In the summer, run the blades in a counter-clockwise direction to create a strong breeze that will cool you off. In the winter, flip the switch on the side of the fan motor assembly to reverse the direction of the fan blades. They’ll push warm air down from the ceiling and circulate it throughout the room, to keep you feeling warmer.
3. Enhance Your Lighting
There’s no need to sacrifice overhead lighting for the sake of a ceiling fan. You can choose from plenty of fan styles that have light fixtures built in. Many ceiling fans have dimmable lights so you can adjust the level of illumination to match your preferences. And ceiling fans can contribute to a layered lighting arrangement, working well with lamps and sconces to create the perfect ambiance.
4. Lower Your Power Bills
Running a ceiling fan costs just $1.20 a month, compared to running a central air conditioning unit for $130 a month or more. You could leave your ceiling fan running 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and still save a ton of money on your cooling bill. And you won’t need to run your fan constantly, but only when you’re in the room to enjoy it. In some climates, you may be able to get away with turning off your A/C altogether in favor of a fan. In others, you can turn your thermostat up four or five degrees, realizing a ton of savings while still staying nice and cool.
5. Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
If you’re worried about climate change and reducing your carbon footprint, then it’s time you installed ceiling fans in your home. Because they use so much less power, ceiling fans are much more sustainable than central air or window A/C units. Turn off your A/C and turn on your ceiling fans. It’s the right thing to do for Mother Nature.
6. Enjoy the Outdoors More
Ceiling fans aren’t just for cooling off the indoors. You can install ceiling fans outside on your covered porch, patio, or gazebo. An outdoor ceiling fan can make your outdoor space much more enjoyable. The breeze it creates will not only cool you down, but it will keep bugs away, too.
If you buy a ceiling fan to hang outdoors, make sure it’s one that’s rated for outdoor use. An indoor-only ceiling fan will quickly begin to rust when installed outdoors, because indoor fans aren’t made with water-resistant materials and they aren’t sealed against moisture. An outdoor-rated fan can handle exposure to the elements.
However, if you live on the coast, you should buy a marine-rated fan for your outdoor space. Salty sea breezes can corrode many outdoor-rated fans, but marine-rated fans are made with sturdier materials and designed to withstand the corrosive effects of the sea air.
With the right ceiling fan in your outdoor space, you’ll enjoy years of cool breezes when you’re relaxing outdoors, with friends or on your own.
A ceiling fan can be such a good addition to your home, and it’s useful to stay cool in hot weather or warm in cold weather. Choose a modern fan with features like WIFI connectivity and dimmable lights. You’ll like your new ceiling fan so much, you’ll want to put one in every room.
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