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Different Types of Electric Fans

Using electric fans is a good way to save on your utility bill. They help circulate warm air in the winter months and provide effective cooling during warm months. A typical central air conditioning unit uses 2,667 per kilowatt hour. Electric fans, such as ceiling, oscillating and window fans, only use 88 to 200 per kilowatt hour. Therefore, using electric fans to help cool your home recoups any initial cost over time. Other uses for electric fans, include odor control, ventilation and removal of harmful gaseous fumes.

Fans for Your Ceiling

Reversing fan blades in winter months helps lower heating costs.

Ceiling fans add decor to your home with many types of blades and light-fixture styles available.  They also help circulate the air in your home during the hot weather months. The adjustable breeze helps to cool your skin, allowing you to keep your thermostat higher and use less power in running your central or room air conditioners.  During the winter months, you can change the direction of the blade rotation on reversible ceiling fans. This forces hot air down onto the occupants of a room and allows you to use less heat. 

Fans You Can Move

Electric fans come in a wide variety of styles that you can transport easily from one location to the other.  Small desk fans are useful in providing extra cooling in your cubicle, office or other area where you do not have access to a thermostat or do not want to increase your electric bill by lowering it. Window or box fans come in different sizes and are useful in cooling your home during mild weather.  Place the box fan in your window so that it directs heat out of the home. Open a window directly opposite from the fan or even in another room to create a breeze throughout your home.  Standing electric fans often come in oscillating varieties and some are quite large. They are useful in cooling an entire room because the fan constantly changes the direction of the air flow.  These are lightweight enough to take to the bedroom area when you retire for the evening or to carry into a kitchen while working over a hot stove.

Exhaust Fans

Most bathrooms come equipped with exhaust fans on a separate switch than the lights.  This is useful in removing excess moisture from showers or baths and helps to prevent mold and mildew. Exhaust fans are common over cooking stoves to provide ventilation and help remove smoke or odors during kitchen mishaps, such as spills in the oven that burn. 

Industrial-Sized Fans

Industrial-sized fans provide odor, climate and ventilation control for large buildings.  They are necessary to remove dangerous chemicals and gases in the automotive and chemical industries. Many factories have production lines that produce a great deal of heat and these fans provide ventilation and cooling for the workers and machinery.  They also provide quick drying of parts and other applications when necessary.

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