Home / Style Guide / Learn About Ceiling Fans / Saving Energy With Kichler Ceiling Fans Energy Star Kichler Ceiling Fans Are you getting hot under the collar about rising energy costs? If so, it’s probably time to evaluate how you keep your home cool. With the right knowledge, you can keep cool and save money, all while enhancing your home’s appearance. For example, ceiling fans use less energy than air conditioners and add character to rooms. Ceiling fans are a great power and money saver. “For the greatest energy efficiency, choose a new ceiling fan with a DC motor,” says Jeff Dross, corporate director of education and industry trends for Kichler Lighting. “Then move your thermostat to a warmer temperature and let your ceiling fans do the rest of the cooling. Your electric bill will be a lot more affordable.” In today's world, doing more with less is the new order of business. And nothing helps you maximize your energy budget like Energy Star efficient ceiling fans and lighting fixtures from Kichler. When we develop an energy-efficient product we start where we always do – with superior design. We make sure you have the best light source and style for your application. DC motors Many Kichler ceiling fans feature DC motors that operate 70% more efficiently than standard AC motors. Our DC motors also operate at a cooler temperature for a longer overall life. Savings for every season - Circulate both Cool and Warm Air When it’s hot outside, set the fan to rotate counter-clockwise. The blades will push air down – creating a breeze or cooling effect on the people in the room. In the winter, set the fan to rotate clockwise. The blades will pull the air up and around, bringing the warm air that rises to the ceiling back down to the living space. The effect can help you adjust your thermostat +4ºF during the Summer and -2ºF in the Winter. Ceiling fans can also save you money on heating costs in cooler months. By circulating air, the fans push warm air, which rises, back down into the room. Ceiling fans can add character to a room while saving you money. For rooms with high ceilings, use a downrod to position the fan closer to the living space. But don’t be fooled into thinking that a bigger, more powerful motor is better. The motor should be the right size for the fan. Longer blades with a greater pitch require more power than shorter blades situated at less of an angle. Many ceiling fans also feature single or multiple lights that can be used to supplement room light. But don’t make your fan your room’s only light source. Layers of light, created by task and accent lighting, are best for creating beautiful, functional spaces. For outdoor locations, semi-enclosed patios and even bathrooms, look for fans that are approved for use in damp or wet locations. These fans often feature stainless steel mounting hardware, a hot dip galvanized undercoat, a special finish that resists weathering and blades of a composite material rather than wood, so they won’t deteriorate and will last for years. But you don’t have to focus solely on function when choosing fans. Fan styles today range from Victorian and Olde World to sleek modern or contemporary. “Your fan should reflect the design of the room and its tones, styles and finishes,” Dross says. “Hand-hammered looks and burnished, antique brass finishes are very popular today, as are other metallics and black.” Kichler ceiling fans Q&A How will using a ceiling fan affect my energy bills? Ceiling fans are designed to create the feeling of either a cooler room in the summer or a warmer one in the winter, simply by circulating the air. While the room temperature doesn’t change, the air movement of a fan provides a cooling effect in warmer months and recirculates warm air downward in cooler months. Kichler ceiling fans are also designed with features to run more efficiently – meaning lower operating costs on top of the cooler or warmer feeling in the room. Our fans that feature DC motors operate up to 70% more efficiently than traditional AC motors, and our ENERGY STAR® certified fans feature highly efficient fluorescent lighting. What are the benefits of a Kichler ceiling fan with a DC motor? DC motors are the new standard of efficiency in ceiling fans. In addition to using up to 70% less energy, they operate 40% cooler than AC motors – meaning a prolonged motor life. Their compact size also means less weight and easier installation. Plus, they offer virtually silent operation and are backed by Kichler’s lifetime motor warranty. How much money will I save with a DC motor vs. an AC motor? Imagine running one ceiling fan 24/7 at medium speed for one year. In that time, a Kichler ceiling fan equipped with a DC motor could save you up to $80 a year in energy costs over conventional fans, depending on energy costs in your area. Knowledgeable lighting showroom employees can also help you choose. For more information on ceiling fans visit our Learn About Ceiling Fans section.