Thursday, October 10, 2013

TNO's Tips & Tricks - Use a Ceiling Fan!

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Here in the Naptown Organizer household, we play a game with the thermostat.

I turn it off.  DH turns it back on.  I turn it off.  DH turns it back on.

DH tends to want our house to be as cold as possible.  I'm talking about windows open in the winter sort of thing.  I tend to like our weather to be a little less freezing and a little more comfortable.  But - I'm also cheap.  I like to keep our thermostat off when possible, set low in the winter, and set high in the summer.  To keep our family comfortable throughout that, we use ceiling fans.

how a ceiling fan saves money and electricity

If you use a ceiling fan correctly, it can take you from using thousands of watts from your whole house AC unit to using less than a hundred to run your ceiling fan.  A ceiling fan {when only used while you're actually in the room} can save you money and make you feel like the temperature is several degrees lower - even when it isn't actually that cool.  This allows you to either turn your air conditioner off or set the thermostat up a few degrees so it doesn't have to work as hard or use as much energy.

I mean, think about it for a second.  We've all been in those places where it's fantastically hot, and even though the air is the same temperature you feel better sitting in front of a fan or waving a paper at your face to cool down.  Sitting {or standing, or really anything} in hot place with no airflow can get pretty miserable - which is why you see handheld fans, stroller fans, or any other kind of fan.  They just make you feel more comfortable.

We have fans in all the important rooms in our home - our living room/kitchen area, the kids' rooms, and our bedroom - and we use them whenever we're in those rooms.  {Like the one from our bedroom, below.}

If you're using fans, though, make sure that you turn them off when you leave the room.  Since the fan isn't actually making the room cooler, if you're not there to feel the perceived temperature change then you are just wasting the energy to have the fan on.  Also, during the winter, you can change the direction of the fan to drive the warm air down from the ceiling to keep help save costs in the cooler seasons as well!

Does anyone else use ceiling fans in place of air conditioning when you can?

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