Electrical contractor in Bethesda MD, Meyer Electrical Services Inc.
Written by Walt Meyer

Install Ceiling Fans to Keep Your Cool This Summer

Capable of decreasing the feeling of a room’s temperature by about 8 degrees, ceiling fans let homeowners raise thermostats to use less air conditioning and reduce utility bills during summer. Switching an overhead light fixture in your home with a ceiling fan can typically be performed by a licensed electrician in one to two hours.

Major Energy Savings

Ceiling fans awarded the EPA’s Energy Star use 50% less energy than other fans. This will save about $165 over the service life of a ceiling fan. Moreover, each additional degree more than 78 degrees an AC thermostat is set will decrease air conditioning energy costs by 3% to 8% annually.

Fan Size Factor

The volume of air a ceiling fan can move is measured in CFM (cubic feet per minute). Fans featuring longer blades will have greater CFM capability. Experts from the American Lighting Association recommend having a 36” edge or smaller for rooms up to 75 square feet, 36” to 42” for rooms up to 144 square feet, and 50” to 54” for rooms up to 224 square feet.


The following are key features that will play a part in your selection of ceiling fans.

  • Blade Pitch – Blades at least 5-6 inches wide and fixed at a pitch angle of 12-14 degrees will have more CFM capability.
  • Blade Finish – Experts recommend wooden blades should be treated with a moisture sealant to prevent warping and peeling. The coating can also protect edges from scratching and tarnishing.
  • Energy Efficient – Energy Star ceiling fans are 50% more energy efficient. They also feature minimum low and high-speed airflows of 1,250 CFM to 5,000 CFM.
  • Top Quality – The best fans are low maintenance because they are equipped with lubricated, precision engineered, and sealed ball bearings with an electrical motor warrantied for 30 years. Highly rated models have less vibration, die-cast housing, heavy-duty windings, and sleek designs.

Electrical Services You Can Trust

Founded in 1991 and serving Maryland, Virginia, and D.C., where we are licensed and insured, Meyer Electrical Services provides home and commercial electrical services you can trust, including:

  • Standby Generator Installation
  • Panel Upgrades (Heavy-Ups)
  • Electrical Vehicle Charging Stations
  • Structured Cabling
  • Circuit Breaker Replacement

Based in Bethesda, our team proudly serves all of Montgomery County. Receive a free consultation for custom electrical work today by calling (301) 941-1400.