The Energy Upgrade Every Room Needs

Ceiling fans are more than pure decorative elements. They cool down rooms in warm weather and maintain comfortable temperatures during the winter. But besides offering powerful environmental effects for every room, the right fan often helps complete the look of a room.

The American Lighting Association (ALA) offers the following reasons to consider a new ceiling fan.

1. Ceiling fans help you stay comfortable. Rooms with ceiling fans enjoy a breeze that makes the ambient temperature feel eight degrees cooler than reality because of the increased airflow (otherwise known as CFM or cubic feet per minute). That bit of airflow can save homeowners as much as 40 percent on energy bills, specifically air conditioning. CFM, which ranges from 2,000 to 10,000, may be more important than motor size. Choose a 48- to 52-inch-wide fan with about 4,500 CFM.