Central air conditioning is one of the most fabulous luxuries of modern technology, but it’s also an enormous chunk of your summer electricity bill. Ceiling fans can tame the AC bill but only if you remember to turn the thermostat up about 10 degrees and only if you turn them off when you’re not in the room.
Ceiling fans come in a wide variety of colors, shapes, styles and prices – some have lights, some have remotes, some have energy efficient blades. Since it’s driven by a motor, you get what you pay for. Don’t fear – there are several quality models under $100.
Once you’ve chosen your fan, be prepared for a project requiring assistance. If you’re simply replacing a ceiling fan, obviously your project is easier. If you’re installing a brand new one, follow the instructions carefully. You’ll need to attach the fan to a ceiling joint, rafter or other sturdy beam – ceiling fans are heavy. You’ll also need to be careful of the wiring as a ceiling fan adds another level of complication to a regular light fixture.