Yes, National Ceiling Fan Day is now a thing. September 18th officially marks the first annual NCFD – an initiative launched with the help of the American Lighting Association and dozens of ceiling fan
manufacturers.Is all this hoopla slightly promotional in nature? Perhaps, but so is the Olympics. And besides, NCFD offers a forum in which industry professionals and people who care about energy efficiency and eco-friendly consumer goods can come together to discuss how to protect natural resources through improved design and more conscientious consumption.But, how are they gonna do all that?Promoting Energy and Cost Efficiency
To start, a primary NCFD initiative is to get people to shut off their air conditioners today and use ceiling fans instead, if they have them. The idea is to demonstrate how well ceiling fans can circulate air while saving money on electricity costs. We’ve discussed in previous posts how much ceiling fans can save
– operating one ceiling fan instead of an A/C unit for the same amount of time can cost as much as 100 times less
in real dollars.Although the name “NCFD” may suggest otherwise, using other types of fans can also help circulate air and save money. Fans do not cool or warm a space; rather, they move air and the resulting circulation influences temperature. That’s why floor fans, wall fans and even small desk fans can also help.Encouraging Environmentalism
Then there is the broader goal of tackling climate change and the part ceiling fans can purportedly play in that fight. Legislators in some states seem to think they could play a large role and have suggested changing laws to increase the energy efficiency
of ceiling fans. This has received a mixed reception in the industry and NCFD can serve as a springboard for further discussion on the topic.It may be true that measuring ceiling fan savings is done in tiny increments, but those small amounts add up over time. That’s why the Environmental Protection Agency advocates the use of ceiling fans and likes to note that ceiling fans are one of the few true energy-saving appliances in the home.ATGStores.com
invites you to save a little money by shutting off your A/C for NCFD!