Ceiling Fans: Conserve Electricity, Save Money

Modern Hugger Ceiling Fan

Everyone wants heat relief on a hot summer day.  For many, the first course of action is to switch on an air conditioner (AC).  However using an AC unit as the primary means to cool your home has a steep price tag.  It significantly affects both the environment and your pocketbook.  The good news is that a ceiling fan excels where an AC falls short!


Residents of Hamilton and Burlington run their AC between 9 to 12 hours every hot day.  An accurate figure of how many watts an AC uses is complex to calculate.  This is because there are many factors that need to be considered.  Factors such as the model, unit size and age, characteristics of your home and how many times the AC unit needs to turn itself on are to name a few.  However, on average the energy required to run a 2.5-ton central AC for one hour is 3500 watts.  A window AC unit takes an average of 1000 watts.  Even without detailed calculations, you can guesstimate the cost.  Look at your first electricity bill of the summer season and let the sticker shock sink in!

Environmentally, all forms of electricity impact our air, water and land.  Producing and using electricity more efficiently reduces the amount of fuel needed to generate electricity.  It reduces the amount of greenhouse gases and other air pollution emitted as a result.


A common ceiling fan is a viable alternative to moderating temperature in your home.  In comparison, the energy that a ceiling fan consumes is significantly less than an AC.  Its average consumption of energy is 55 watts per hour.  Even if your residence has multiple ceiling fans running every hour of every day, making the switch from air conditioning to ceiling fans, or strategically using a ceiling fan in combination with your AC, will have an incalculable effect.

Fan’s Movement of Cool Air
Fan’s Movement of Warm Air

A ceiling fan cools your residence in hot weather.  As you will learn, it also distributes heat in your residence during cold weather.  Ultimately, a ceiling fan preserves our non-renewable natural resources and provides us with noticeable savings all year round.

So how does a fan moderate temperature?  It does so by movement of air.  It cools you down by forcing hot air down and away from you.  This triggers evaporation from your skin and makes it feel cooler.

Most people know that ceiling fans are perfect for turning muggy heat into refreshing breeze.  Yet they may not know that a ceiling fan can also be used to help keep you warm.  It can force risen hot air from the ceiling back to a lower level where you feel it.  The only adjustment needed to change a ceiling fan from cooling to heating agent is to alter the blade rotational direction and its speed.

Fan’s Cooling Rotation
Fan’s Warming Rotation

Especially relevant, fan rotation is affected by its purposely tilted blades.  On a warmer day, a counter-clockwise and higher rotational speed will cool the air beneath it.  Where a clockwise and steady low speed pulls warm air back down keeping you nice and toasty on a cold day.

For year-round savings on your electricity bill and the opportunity to decrease your ecological footprint, install one or more ceiling fans in your home.  Call Kirsch Electric today schedule a free consultation.