Should I Have a Ceiling Fan in Every Room?
June 18, 2021
Contrary to popular belief, ceiling fans don’t actually cool a room. Rather than lowering the temperature, they actually lower our bodies perceived temperature, and can even make things feel cooler during hot weather. According to Energy.gov, if you use a ceiling fan while air using an air conditioner, one could raise their thermostat by up to 4°F while experiencing the same level of comfort. However, it’s important to keep in mind that the larger the room you’re cooling, the larger the fan you need.
Why Each Room Needs a Ceiling Fan
- Comfort: Moving from room to room to cool off is an inconvenience most of us can do without. To maximize your comfort, try to estimate how much air your fan is moving. Ceiling fans are rated in cubic feet per minute (CFM). A 4,500 CFM fan that’s 48 to 52 inches wide is suited for most rooms at home.
The wind chill affect that provides a cooling sensation works only in rooms within at least 8 feet of ceiling height; making the size of the fan all the more important. To match the fan with the room, consider the diameter. A 36-inch-dimater fan is suited for a small room, up to 75 square feet; other room sizes and fan diameters are as follows:
- 76 to 144 square feet: 42 to 50 inches
- 144 to 225 square feet: 52 to 54 inches
- 225 to 400 square feet: 54 to 72 inches
- 400+ square feet: 52 to 72 inches (with multiple fans)
- Year-Round Performance: Running a ceiling fan in reverse, at low speed, forces warm air downward, equalizing the temperature and making you feel warmer in winter. You can therefore set your thermostat lower. Ceiling fans in each room may lower your heating and cooling costs and the demand on your air conditioning.
- Ceiling Fans Are Decorative: Manufacturers have created thousands of designs, with many offering customized ceiling fans to match your aesthetics. A ceiling fan can add style to any room with a variety of widths, colors, finishes, and blade designs. It can be an aesthetic statement and the focal point of any room. The look of your ceiling fans can be coordinated with the décor, furniture, lighting, and other elements in each space as well.
- Access to the Latest Technologies: Like many appliances and devices, ceiling fans have gotten smaller and therefore consume less energy. You can not only save as much as 40% on air conditioning. Some fans let you turn them on and off, and adjust their speed, from a handheld control or your smartphone. Many use motors that consume just 18 to 33 watts, contributing to less than $.01 per hour in electricity costs. 2
Considerations When Installing Multiple Ceiling Fans
Installing ceiling fans in every room, including outdoor living areas, increases electrical demand. If your home’s electrical system is outdated, this can be problematic. Contact a professional to determine whether you need an upgrade to the electrical panel, a new breaker circuit, or wall switch. Fan installation can be challenging as well. A trained electrician can handle the mounting and wiring to ensure the unit is properly set up and safe to use.
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