Monday, July 27, 2015

Living Green in the Southwest: Ceiling Fans

"Good Lord, don't they have a ceiling fan?"
Mary Cassatt, Lady with a Fan
Or any old fan . . . but ceiling fans circulate the air through your home better. (I do have a tower fan that stays on while I work at my desk.) Here's what I've found out:

Because ceiling fans circulate the air in your home, you don't have to set the thermostat so low for your air conditioner or run the central cooling or evaporative cooler for so long during the day. And, at night, you can shut the cooler off and let the fans keep the home cool. It works. You don't have to have ceiling fans roaring at the highest speed - slow is fine for circulation, a bit higher for comfort when you are in a room.

All of this costs about two dimes per day per fan and you save big time on air conditioning costs. 

Dress cool. Drink more water and aqua frescas. Graze and eat light. Dress cooler. (Men tell your boss that the doberman trashed your suits and ties and you only have guayaberas and linen pants left.) Hang your clothes to dry if you can. Dryers produce lots of heat. If you have to use one, do it late at night or early in the morning. Keep the curtains and shutters closed.

And use those ceiling fans. Save energy. Stay cool.

Question for architects: Why don't more buildings have ceiling fans?

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