Ceiling fans would seem, at first glance, to be a smart tool in the overall mix of your home’s energy efficency equipment. But too few know that their real value is when they’re blowing on people–and many experts say they’re essentially worthless and counterproductive if people aren’t present in the home.
Carl Seville, a Green Building Consultant and expert from Atlanta, wrote a provocatively named post recently: Ceiling Fans are Evil on the Green Building Advisor blog.
Here’s a direct quote: “I am not suggesting that we should not use ceiling fans — just that they shouldn’t be on if no one is in the room. If people only use them when necessary and set their thermostat a bit higher, then the extra heat is a small price to pay for the comfort and energy savings.”
Do you leave your fans on when noone is home?