Green Home Enhancement: Ceiling Fans
By John Voket
While they didn't join top ranking green projects like energy efficient windows, programmable thermostats, and EnergyStar appliances, those surveyed by the NAHB said ceiling fans were among the most popular green enhancements with installs nearly doubling since 2011.
In the summer, consumers can use ceiling fans in the counterclockwise direction creating a wind-chill effect, making the residence "feel" cooler.
In the winter, reverse the motor and operate the ceiling fan at low speed in the clockwise direction. This produces a gentle updraft, which forces warm air near the ceiling down into the occupied space.
Remember to adjust your thermostat when using your ceiling fan — additional energy and dollar savings could be realized with this simple step
Energy Star certified ceiling fan/light combination units are 60% more efficient than conventional fan/light units, which can save consumers more than $15 per year on utility bills because they use improved motors and blade designs.
Energy Star's Most Efficient 2014 designation recognizes the most efficient ceiling fans among those that qualify for the ENERGY STAR program. And for 2014, Energy Star likes the Haiku!
With an award-winning motor design that is silent and powerful with hand-finished airfoils, the 60-inch Haiku is Energy Star's top pick among ceiling fans this year. Most of the top Haiku models feature up to seven speeds and the company's exclusive "Whoosh® mode" - a unique algorithm that simulates variations in natural airflow.
And this year, Haiku offers a compact line of fans for lower ceilings - visit bigassfans.com or call 877-BIG-FANS for more information. Regency, Minka and Emerson also join industry veteran Casablanca near the top of this year's Energy Star top ranked ceiling fans.
Learn More at https://www.energystar.gov. In our next Remodeling Month report, we'll get the low down on Low-E.