As you may be aware, cooling as well as heating tends to consume a lot of energy in the house as compared to other tasks. Apart from financial cost you need to incur from energy bills, they also have serious environmental impact unless you are making use of green energy in your home as power grids have to generate that extra energy to be supplied to your home which means higher emission of air pollutants and green house gases.
How to use Ceiling Fans
Using Ceiling Fans in winter:
We know the benefits of using ceiling fans in the summer but you may be surprised to know that they have good use in winter as well. As heat rises inside the house during winter, most of the heat moves up and stays close to the ceiling. If you run a ceiling fan at very low speed then it can help to push the warm air down. In addition to it, it can also lower the amount of condensation on the windows.
The trick will be to run the fan clockwise while it should be running anti-clockwise in the summer. Benefit of running the fan in clockwise direction is that it is then able to pull up the denser cold air and warm air will have no space but to move down. By using a ceiling fan that would hardly take about 100 watts of energy, you will be able to save as much as ten percent of your overall heating costs during winter.
Benefits in summer:
During summer, a ceiling fan can be very useful in dry climates and reduce perspiration, which can in turn help you feel cooler by about eight degrees. You can also use the fan along with air conditioner and improve effectiveness of the air conditioner, keep thermostat at a lower level to save on water as well as power consumption.
How to use Roof Turbines
Using Roof Turbines in summer:
These are very light weight spinning vents which suck out the air from your house. These do not need any electricity to operate, are waterproof and start rotating even when very slow breeze is blowing. In summer, you will find that the area between roof and the ceiling becomes very hot and some amount of heat can move into living space even when insulation is present on the roof. A roof turbine can solve this problem and throw out this heat from the roof.
Uses in winter:
These have good use in winter also as you can keep the vent for the roof turbine open and lower build up of moisture in the roof area if there is roof insulation in the house. A lot of moisture gets accumulated in roof space from our use of bathroom, kitchen and laundry, which can go off if the roof turbine vent is kept open. Roof space if dry will protect the timber frames as well as stop insulation from dampening.
Wind Speed and other Requirements:
These roof turbines will be especially useful for you if there are wind speeds of around five miles per hour in your area. You can also select between externally as well as internally braced turbines as per your requirement. However, you will have to ensure that the turbine is used along with soffit venting so that required ventilation code guidelines are met.
You can easily use ceiling fans and roof turbines all year around and reap good benefits. They can also help you save a lot of money in energy bills, keep the house in good condition as well as help save the environment.