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Ceiling Fans: Do These Use Up a Lot of Electricity?

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One of the things people often think about before they purchase any electrical appliance is whether or not these will use up a lot of electricity or not. These considerations are made for almost any kind of appliance that uses an electrical current to operate since the more electricity an appliance uses, the higher your utility bills will be. This same question is asked of ceiling fans, and with reason, since these are usually kept running for hours.

Do ceiling fans use up a lot of electricity? How much electricity do these appliances use and should you even get these for your home? Are these fans really better than air conditioning, as some people seem to say?

Take this comparison into consideration. Your AC, when running at its lowest setting, uses around 1,000 watts of power. Your ceiling fan, when turned on its highest setting, only consumes around 50 watts. The huge difference in wattage used shows you just how energy efficient your ceiling fan is. Now, in order to help you conserve energy while still being comfortable in your home, you should follow some of these tips.

Ceiling fans are actually not the energy guzzlers some people make them out to be. These cooling units are rather energy efficient, as long as you know when and where to use them. These are also ideal for lowering your electricity bill when you have AC. How do you do this?

The efficiency of ceiling fans when it comes to cooling a room down depends on the temperature of the room that it is in. In other words, if your room is already warm, all that your ceiling fan will do is move the warm air around the room, still leaving you with a warm area that has moving air. In order to cool your room down, you will need to turn your AC on. This is where the energy saving tricks come in. Let your AC cool the room down considerably, probably for an hour, and then turn it off. You will then need to turn on your ceiling fan to help circulate the cool air in the room.

When you do this, you effectively cool the room down and conserve energy at the same time since you will not be using your AC for the entire length of time. You will be using it for a short period of time, to simply cool down the air in the room, then let the fan (which consumes less energy) do the rest of the job of keeping you and your family cooled down in the room.


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