It's no secret that summer in Houston is downright tropical.
With the average relative humidity exceeding 90-percent each summer morning, finding relief from the heat is a number one priority. While you may rely on your air conditioning to do the heavy lifting for cooling your home, it's going to cost you.
A simple solution to cutting those high energy costs while increasing your comfort level is to install a ceiling fan.
The Energy Impact
Central air conditioning is a must-have to combat Houston's stifling summertime temperatures but on average uses 3,500 watts of energy. The average ceiling fan, even at the highest setting, uses only about 60 watts. Running your ceiling fan in conjunction with your A/C will allow you to kick the temperature up a degree or two, potentially saving between 2.4% to 4.5% electricity on cooling.
How It Works
Ceiling fans can be set so the blades rotate clockwise and counterclockwise. You'll want to use the counterclockwise setting in the summer months to force air toward the floor.
While a ceiling fan doesn't actually change the room temperature on its own, it does move air around the room, creating a breeze, and making the room feel cooler. It also helps enhance the natural evaporation of perspiration on the skin, making your cooling mechanism more efficient and your body more comfortable.
Choosing a Ceiling Fan
There are a variety of styles, colors, and price ranges to choose from. Basic fans range from $50 to $3,000 and more. You can choose from 3- or 4-blade units, flush mount or lowered with an extender, direct wired or remote control, plus many include light kits.
Fan sizes vary and should be selected based on the room size. Use a 44-inch for an average-size bedroom or kitchen, a 50- to 54-inch for a large great room, and a 36- to 40-inch unit for a small office or playroom. The ideal blade angle is 14 degrees for maximum air flow without blowing light-weight items around the room.
DIY or Hire a Pro
You can probably handle the ceiling fan installation yourself in a day if you're replacing an existing light fixture and have some basic electrical knowledge. Be aware that a regular electrical box is not strong enough to support a ceiling fan. The added weight and vibration from the ceiling fan will require a specially rated hanger mounted between ceiling joists or thin box mounted directly to a ceiling joist. This will require cutting a larger hole in the ceiling to accommodate the new box and hanger.
Installing a ceiling fan in an area without an existing fixture will require running electrical wiring and significant extra work. If you've got access to attic space above the ceiling, this process will be much easier.
Most ceiling fans should be installed at least 7-feet off the ground so you'll need to use a ladder and work over your head. Obviously, if you're hanging your appliance in a cathedral ceiling area, an extender piece or two will need to be added for maximum efficiency. The blades will need to be installed and balanced or you'll end up with wobble.
Always be safe when working with electricity and turn off the main breaker panel.
If you're unfamiliar or uncomfortable doing the work yourself, a quick search for a "handyman near me" can provide a reasonably priced solution to installing a ceiling fan in your home.
Puls Handyman Service to the Rescue
If you're ready to install a ceiling fan or two in your Houston-area home, Puls can help with our handyman services. Our skilled technicians can handle a variety of tasks from appliance installation, to minor home improvement projects, and "ceiling fan installation near me." You can expect fast, professional, convenient installation services on your timetable.
All prices are quoted before we start the job so you can stay within your budget. We also offer a peace-of-mind warranty on all handyman work so you can feel confident the job will be done right.
Schedule an online appointment with Puls at a time that's convenient for you. Same-day services are often available too.
Don't suffer through Houston's summer heat for another minute, contact a Puls handyman to install your brand-new ceiling fan, and you'll be cool and comfortable by tonight.