When you’re looking for projects to help improve your home’s value and make them more appealing to potential homebuyers, it’s easy to think of more significant projects like installing vinyl replacement windows, replacing your home’s siding, or fixing up your kitchen. But don’t overlook the simpler projects! There are lots of smaller, relatively inexpensive projects you can do around your home that can help add a little extra value to your home and make your home more comfortable. Installing or replacing ceiling fans is one of those projects.
Many homebuyers are interested in features that improve a home’s energy efficiency and ceiling fans can do a lot to help with that. Did you know that ceiling fans are an excellent way to cut down on your home’s heating and cooling costs? They’re not just for days when it’s not quite warm enough to turn on the air conditioner, they’re very useful all year long.
Ceiling fans don’t work by actually changing the temperature in the room. What they do is help the air to circulate in a way that will make it more comfortable to be in a room without adjusting the thermostat. Since warm air rises, setting your ceiling fan to rotate in a clockwise direction on a low speed in the winter will help push some of that warmer air down where you’ll be able to feel it. That way, you’ll feel warmer without having to turn the heat up. On warmer days, setting the fan to go counter-clockwise will create a nice cooling effect in the room so that you’ll be able to relax and enjoy your room without adjusting the air conditioner.
In addition to the heating and cooling benefits ceiling fans offer, they’re very practical for other reasons. Ceiling fans are excellent to have in kitchens and dining areas since the air circulation they create can help deter insects from flying around. And if your kitchen ever gets a little smoky while you’re cooking, a ceiling fan will help move that air out of the room. Of course, ceiling fans are also a great way to add a decorative touch to a room. Ceiling fans are available in a wide variety of colors, styles, and sizes so you’re bound to find an option that will look great in any room. If you’re planning to put your home on the market soon, one thing homebuyers won’t want to see is outdated light fixtures so if you’ve had your existing ceiling fans for a long time, replacing them with newer ones could help give rooms in your home a little facelift. Best of all, ceiling fans don’t have to be terribly expensive, either. There are some lower-end fans that cost around $100 or less, but most mid-range fans cost a few hundred dollars. You might be able to install a ceiling fan yourself, but if you are nervous about working on something so high up in a room, an electrician could be able to install it for you. Even if you go for the professional installation, it’s still a relatively inexpensive way to make your home more comfortable and make it more appealing to potential homebuyers.