With a change of season on the way, it may have you thinking about saving money on those heat bills that are just around the corner. You check the insulation. You pull out the storm windows. You may have even considered putting in a ceiling fan. But there is a relatively newer technology out there you may not have even heard of . . . the HEATED CEILING FAN.
WHAT IS IT?
Is it a space heater or is it a ceiling fan. Right. It's both. So you get double the advantages which adds up to efficiency and an excellent way to begin saving money on your heat bill. A traditional ceiling fan will redirect the heated air trapped near your ceiling back down to where YOU are, while a HEATED ceiling fan also contains a heating element. It is a great solution for supplemental heat in certain areas such a second story rooms, living areas with high or vaulted ceilings and places like basements and garages.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Within the unit itself is a space heater, small in size, small in energy consumption (using less than a 400-1400 watt hair dryer), but powerful in it's ability to supplement heat for a standard 20 X20 living space. Put simply, it reheats and reticulates the air, forcing the warmer air back down to the bottom of the room. According to those who manufacture the heated ceiling fan it can effectively eliminate those pockets of air that often remain cold even when your thermostat is set at 70 degrees. Areas like those around windows or lower floors, for example, finally get their fair share. Which in turn means you can lower your thermostat, saving money for you and your family for other things.
Additionally, the heated ceiling fan has it's own thermostat, and therefore regulates itself, switching the heating element or elements on and off as needed.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
Larger home retailers can offer heated ceiling fans around $300 - $400. If they do not have it in stock, they can order it for you, or you buy one yourself online. They will cost you about $0.05 per hour to run, but obviously this cost is offset by your the money you save on your heat bill. When fitted with an energy-saving bulb, your savings is all the better.
WHERE CAN THEY BE INSTALLED?
As with your standard ceiling fan, you'll need a living space that has an overhead hookup. If you already have one of these, and you're handy, you can install your own as you would a traditional fan. If you don't have an overhead hookup, you will need to have an electrician come and take care of that for you.
Manufacturers are careful to remind consumers that they cannot be used as the SOLE source of heat, but are excellent options for supplemental heat. And, of course, by reversing the blade rotation they are also effective at making a hot room feel cooler and thus saving on air conditioning as well.