LEXINGTON, Ky., Sept. 13, 2012 – Although temperatures are still in the 90’s in many areas, soon enough radio stations across the country will be playing “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.”
According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), heating and cooling account for about 56 percent of the energy use in a typical U.S. home, making it the largest energy expense for most homes.
Heating costs alone account for 45 percent of many households’ utility bills.
With energy efficiency on many consumers’ minds, most of us are familiar with the basics as suggested by the DOE: check insulation (particularly in the attic), as well as air leaks and open fireplace dampers and maintain appliances and heating and cooling systems.
But there’s another simple step homeowners can take to dramatically increase the efficiency of their HVAC systems, according to Sherrell Watson, Public Relations Manager for Big Ass Fans®. She says ceiling fans aren’t only for summer cooling in non-air conditioned spaces – they also enhance the effectiveness of HVAC systems in summer and winter by thoroughly mixing air throughout a space to create consistent temperatures from ceiling to floor and wall to wall.
In the summer, fans provide an additional boost to air conditioning systems. Because the perceived cooling effect of air movement can make a person feel up to 10° F cooler, homeowners can raise their air conditioning set point and utilize energy-efficient fans to make up the difference. “You will feel the same level of comfort while using far less energy,” says Watson.
In the winter, stratification occurs because air coming out of a heater is approximately five to seven percent lighter than cool air in a space and tends to rise to the ceiling. Ceiling fans can be used to de-stratify heat by slowing moving warm air off the ceiling. The steady mixing of air creates a uniform temperature throughout the space, which can help the heater to maintain the same thermostat set point with less effort, resulting in a serious reduction in heating bills.
“For optimal efficiency, it’s crucial to select an efficient ceiling fan,” continues Watson. Haiku® by Big Ass Fans is the world’s most efficient ceiling fan as certified by ENERGY STAR®. Exceeding ENERGY STAR standards by 450 to 750 percent, Haiku requires only two watts to operate at its lowest speed and 30 at its highest – compared to more than 100 watts for a traditional ceiling fan.
Haiku uses approximately $5 of electricity per year to run. Controlled by a thin remote, Haiku also features 10 speeds, including a Timer and Sleep settings, much more than the three basic speeds offered by conventional ceiling fans. In addition, its silent motor and airfoils produce less than 34 dBA – that’s quieter than a deserted library at midnight.
With new innovations in efficient ceiling fans, there’s no reason to make your home’s HVAC struggle through the seasons.
Source: Haiku®/Big Ass Fans® Haiku’s quality materials include ultra-renewable bamboo, available in caramel or cocoa, or a sleek, durable matrix composite in black or white. The matrix composite retails for $825; and bamboo retails for $995. To order, call 1-855-MY-HAIKU (855-694-2458) or visit haikufan.com.
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