While air conditioning is often the go-to solution for keeping homes cool during the summer, you shouldn't dismiss a quality ceiling fan. After all, ceiling fans not only circulate the air, but also conserve energy and save you money.
The American Lighting Association reports, "During the summer months, a fan operating in the normal mode can reduce how cool you feel in a room by as much as eight degrees, allowing you to raise the air conditioner's thermostat and reduce energy costs."
And they're not just for summer, either. Ceiling fans can help circulate warm air in the winter as well. Plus, today's ceiling fans are visually interesting. You're bound to find one that perfectly complements your space.
Here are some tips for selecting the perfect fan.
1. Understand how fan size will affect a room. You want the fan to balance the space, not overwhelm it. Here are some good guidelines, courtesy of the American Lighting Association.