Why Environmentalists Choose Ceiling Fans to Cool Their Homes

How do ceiling fans help the environment? Saving energy. Choose an energy-efficient ceiling fan to save on costs and be eco-conscious.

Ceiling Fans: The Eco-Friendly Home-Cooling Choice

Environmental conservation is a very hot-button issue in 2019. Things are quite literally heating up, with climate change being a continuous back and forth issue between activists and naysayers looking out for their bank account. Animals continue to go extinct, habitats continue to be poisoned, and hunters and poachers maintain their destructive hobbies throughout it all.

How Every Choice Counts Toward Protecting the environment

In these difficult times of transition, between an old world siphoning nature for monetary gain and a new world of energy conservation and natural preservation, the average person may feel helpless in what they can do to help. Most people simply cannot get in the room with industrial leaders and have no political power whatsoever. This may be disheartening in a sense, but it's important to realize that when it comes to these issues, every little bit helps. This is where the humble ceiling fan comes into play.

Why conserving energy matters

We've all heard about the classic climate-positive techniques one can implement, reduce & reuse & recycle, these are great ways to do your part and we should all be adopting them into our day to day lives at this point. Apart from those main three ways of helping the environment, you can also be slightly more conscious and aware of the products you use daily. In other words, the new phrase to add to your dictionary is "conserve energy", and one can do this by simply using appliances that require less power and electricity to run.

A lot of these alternative products exist nowadays, some more traditional than you might expect. For example, using a ceiling fan instead of an air conditioning unit is a perfect case for energy conservation.

Not only will you be using almost 50 times less energy when opting for a ceiling fan, which is a very significant figure especially if you use your air conditioner daily, but you also save a lot of money on your electricity bill!

How ceiling fans conserve energy compared to AC and other methods

That might already sound great to you, but let me explain why it actually works. See, the reason ceiling fans make you feel fresh is the same reason a cool breeze does. A cool breeze on a hot summer day doesn't affect the temperature of any given spot on the street, the sun is beating down just as hard, but a breeze can help to cool YOU down specifically. Think of it like a splash of cold water to your face. So similarly, the ceiling fan isn't necessarily cooling the room down but its specifically cooling you down. This is also important to note for another reason because since the main function of the fan is to cool people, then leaving the fan on with no one in the room can be a big waste of energy as it isn't made for keeping room temperatures low.

Ceiling fans are also versatile enough to help during winter months, with a simple flip of a switch found on the central body of most brands, you'll reverse the blade rotation and save yourself some money on heating. You may think that sounds a bit counter-intuitive, but it makes sense, hot air naturally rises since its lighter than cold air, so having your ceiling fan on reverse helps to rearrange that hot air so the warmth isn't just stuck to your ceiling where you can't feel it.

How to find an energy-efficient ceiling fan

If you want to double down and really make a difference, you could even opt for ceiling fans that are built with energy conservation in mind. Manufacturers are seeing the demand for products that are conservation-friendly and have responded by utilizing more lightweight and energy-efficient materials and designs. There's even a metric and rating system that was made to help you choose the best product in terms of conservation. This comes in the form of an "Energy Star" label, created and distributed by the U.S. Department of Energy. When fan hunting you should make sure to look out for this label, as well as a low wattage number which determines the power needed for use.

What are other money-saving incentives to using a ceiling fan?

On top of all the positives that come with using a ceiling fan, the Department of Energy offers various tax incentives for installing products that conserve energy. So you may even want to consider buying more appliances in this same vein. It'll save you money and you'll be doing your part towards bettering the future lives of our children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and so on.

Resources— International Fire Chiefs Association, Energy.gov