Now that you’ve learned all about how to efficiently use a ceiling fan
and programmable thermostat
properly, use the resources on this page to help choose the right products and install them properly.
Portable fans can help
can also be used to save energy. During swing seasons (spring and fall) or summer, use a portable fan to enhance cooling benefits and reduce air conditioning. Portable fans
are very effective when placed in a window to blow cool air into the house either late at night or early in the morning.
Save more with Energy Star
ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping people save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices.
If you are looking to purchase additional ceiling fans or upgrade your thermostat, look for the Energy Star rating. These products meet strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the EPA and DOE.
Change the light
If the ceiling fan includes a light fixture, replace the bulb with a compact florescent light (CFL)
. CFLs use one-fourth the energy and last up to 10 times longer than incandescent light bulbs (DOE).
Choosing the right ceiling fan
Two things are important when it comes to maximizing the savings potential of a ceiling fan – size and installation.
Ceiling fans range in size from 29” to 72” (referring to blade span). Choosing a fan that is too big for a room will consume more energy than necessary. Use the following chart to determine the best size fan for your room:
If you're unsure about the room size, choose a larger fan to maximize comfort at a lower speed.
How to set a programmable thermostat
When programming your thermostat, consider when you normally go to sleep and wake up. If you prefer to sleep at a cooler temperature during the winter, you might want to start the temperature setback a bit ahead of the time you actually go to bed. You probably won't notice the house cooling off as you prepare for bed. Also consider the schedules of everyone in the household; is there a time during the day when the house is unoccupied for four hours or more? If so, it makes sense to adjust the temperature during those periods.
The Location of your thermostat can affect its performance and efficiency. Read the manufacturer's installation instructions to prevent "ghost readings" or unnecessary furnace or air conditioner cycling. Place thermostats away from direct sunlight, drafts, doorways, skylights, and windows. Also make sure your thermostat is conveniently located for programming adjustments.
While the rewards are substantial, remembering to use a ceiling fan and programmable thermostat properly can shake up your home routine. Here are some tips to help you change your behavior:
- Use daylight savings as a reminder to switch the rotation of your ceiling fan blades. Blades should rotate clockwise at a low setting in winter and counterclockwise in summer.
- Add wall controls for fan operation so you’ll be more likely to turn them on when entering a room and off when leaving a room.