Today’s Las Vegas homes combine the ingenuity of materials and techniques originally conceived by Native Americans, with modern technology such as air conditioning and ceiling fans. It’s this wise combination of old and new that make desert homes comfortable even in the harsh environment where summertime temps often climb as high as 120 degrees and the sun is relentless.
Adding New Ideas and Technologies
The desert is a truly beautiful place, which is why many desert homes feature floor-to-ceiling windows, which are usually tinted both to protect the home’s interior from the damaging effects of the desert sun and to save energy. Light paint colors, both inside and out are essential for reflecting, rather than absorbing sunlight.
High ceilings are the perfect foil for one of the biggest cooling aids in a desert home — the ceiling fan, set in “summer mode” to pull warm air from a room’s lower area towards the ceiling, thereby creating a cooler, more comfortable living space. They’re an excellent addition to living rooms, great rooms, kitchens, and especially bedrooms. Aside from their excellent ability to cool a desert home during the oppressive summer heat, most ceiling fans have a reverse setting to send warm air down into the living space during the winter, when it’s needed in the lower regions of the home, where the people are!
How Ceiling Fans Help Save on Energy Costs
It’s important to know how ceiling fans work. Unlike air conditioners, ceiling fans don’t cool the air in your home. Instead, they cool your skin through the wind chill factor. That means that leaving a ceiling fan running in a room you’re not using, or leaving it running when you’re not at home is basically a waste of energy. That said, using a ceiling fan in a room you’re actually in can be a big help in that on a hot day, it allows you to raise your thermostat and use less air conditioning, thereby saving energy and money. Conversely, if you run a ceiling fan in the wintertime while you’re home and using the room it’s in, you can lower your thermostat’s setting and save on your heating bill.
The Style Factor
There was a time when the words “style” and “ceiling fan” couldn’t be used in the same sentence. Ceiling fans were simply considered unattractive but necessary tools for cooling a home. Fortunately, that has all changed! Today’s wide choice of styles actually make ceiling fans more than just a useful tool. They’re also a design statement, no matter what your decorating style happens to be.
Choosing and Installing a Ceiling Fan
In order to do their job properly, ceiling fans must be installed at least 7-9 feet above the floor and at least a foot away from the ceiling. It’s also important to choose a larger model, if you can, since it will move more air and cool at a lower speed than a smaller fan. It’s also wise to choose a stylish ceiling fan that also has the distinction of being Energy Star Certified since it will circulate on average, 60 percent more efficiently than a non-certified ceiling fan.
Installing a ceiling fan often involves more electrical expertise than you might imagine. That because installation usually involves cutting holes in the ceiling, and upgrading circuitry and switches to meet state and local building code requirements. Getting the job done safely and effectively requires the services of a licensed electrician who can handle whatever electrical issues come up during installation.
If you live in the Las Vegas, Henderson, Summerlin, Boulder City or surrounding Southern Nevada area, Penny Electric is the number one trusted, family owned electrical service provider. Contact us today to get a request a quote using our convenient online form.