Spring is in full swing. The sun is shining, the flowers are in bloom, and the weather is noticeably warmer. Before you know it, summer will be here. Are you ready? More importantly, is your wallet ready? Hot and humid summers in Maryland mean one thing: increased energy bills. Homeowners and business owners all across this great state will crank up their air conditioners in an effort to beat the heat. Ca-ching!
The Flip of a Switch Could Increase Energy Efficiency
Did you know that your ceiling fan rotates both clockwise and counterclockwise? Did you know that this rotation also plays a big role in the energy efficiency of your home? One simple switch can reverse rotation and help you save money. How?
When your ceiling fan rotates clockwise it recirculates warm air that is trapped on the ceiling. Conversely, when your ceiling fan rotates counterclockwise it pushes air down, and moving air always feels cooler. Ceiling fans themselves do not heat or cool a room, but the fan rotation allows improved air circulation, which can greatly improve the comfort and energy efficiency of your living space.
So how does this save you money?
The average air conditioner costs 36 cents per hour to operate, while a ceiling fan costs less than a penny. By using your ceiling fans more and your air conditioner less (just change the thermostat a couple of degrees), you can expect to see some savings. Voila! Increased energy efficiency.
Ceiling Fan Installation is a Job for a Professional Electrician
If you do not have a ceiling fan, now is as good a time as any to have a ceiling fan (or ceiling fans) installed. However, do not attempt to do so on your own. While ceiling fan installation may seem simple, it is actually a job for a professional electrician.
“We have seen the result of an improperly installed fan by non-electricians on a lightweight fixture box and it is not good,” admits TriStar Electric co-owner Dave Crawford. “Even if the fan does not fall out of the ceiling it will most of the time wobble due to the fact that it is not installed on a properly supported and stable outlet box. We respond to many service calls for wobbling ceiling fans and the customer blames the fan and thinks that it is the problem.”
This is why you should contact TriStar Electric and get our FREE professional opinion and advice before any installation. TriStar Electric’s team of professionals can take care of small electrical jobs around your home, such as hanging heavy light fixtures and ceiling fans. Even though it might seem like a small job, our employees take the same amount of time and professional approach as they would if they were rewiring your entire home.
If you are interested in learning more about Ceiling Fan installation or increasing Energy Efficiency, please contact TriStar Electric by calling 410-799-5791 or 301-384-8880 or fill out the contact form on our website. Our electricians will answer your questions and provide you with expert advice.