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“Summer’s heat is just around the corner, which means our air conditioners will soon kick into high gear. And with that comes high energy bills. But as Consumer Reports explains, choosing the right ceiling fan can help cool that overheated electric bill. But how much do you really know about ceiling fans? Turns out, they don’t actually lower the temperature in a room – they cool you by creating a draft that moves air over your skin.

And here’s the best part – ceiling fans cost very little to run, and, when used with your air conditioner, you can actually raise the thermostat by about 4 degrees and feel just as cool. Fans with the Energy Star label are 60 percent more efficient than conventional fan/light units.

To optimize the power of your fan, hang your fan high. They work best when the blades are 7-9 feet above the floor and from 10-12 inches below the ceiling. If your ceiling is really high, use a down rod to bring it to the right height.”

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When installing new ceiling fans it is important to get a properly sized fan based on the dimensions of that room. Larger fans (52″) are best for rooms up to 400 square feet. Smaller rooms under 225 square feet would benefit most with ceiling fans ranging from 42″ to 44″ in diameter. It’s important to remember that fans cool people not rooms, and that you should turn them off when not in that room.

The team at MJ Electric offers expert ceiling fan installation to residents in the Twin Cities metro area. New customers are eligible for a 10% discount on all electrical services. Call us at (612) 598-0793 to schedule service for your electrical needs!