Although ceiling fans do use electricity to operate, experts say the amount of money homeowners can save on air conditioning with a ceiling fan greatly outweighs the cost of running the fan itself.
“Ceiling fans provide year-round comfort and efficiency,” says Barb Wright, a ceiling fan product manager at Westinghouse Lighting.
Wright says the cost of operating a ceiling fan varies based on how often they’re turned on and how much the electric company charges, but on average, she says a standard ceiling fan costs less to operate than an incandescent light bulb.
Fans circulate the air in the room, preventing hot air from accumulating at the ceiling. And ceiling fans don’t just save money in the summer, either. Ceiling fans run counterclockwise in the summer, but ceiling fan manufacturers often include reverse switches on the ceiling fans, and by having the fan run clockwise in the winter, homeowners can reduce your heating bills, too.
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