When it comes to the lowering of energy usage and monthly utility bills, many people exclude the advantages of dimmer switches. In the average household, lighting can account for almost 15 percent of your electricity costs. If used properly, dimmer switches are a great tool that can be used as part of an energy conservation plan.
The Advantages of Dimmer Switches
Here are some of the benefits you can enjoy with these devices:
- Simple installation — Although it is recommended that hire an HVAC professional for the installation of dimmer switches, this is a small job that shouldn’t be too costly.
- Enhanced control — Dimmer switches allow you to determine how much electricity is being used by the light fixtures it’s attached to, putting the control in your hands.
- Energy savings — One of the greatest (and most obvious) advantages of using a dimmer switch is the energy you’ll save every time you use your lights at a lower level than the fixture’s maximum output. Keep in mind, however, that this savings will vary depending on the type of bulb that you’re using, the amount of dimming involved, and the length of dimming.
- Use with CFLs — Contrary to what some people have experienced, dimmer switches can be used with compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) in order to lower those bulbs’ already energy-saving output. The trick, though, is that special “dimmable” CFLs are required.
Where to Place Dimmer Switches
It may not be feasible to replace all of your standard light switches with dimmer switches. If this is the case, then you’ll want to concentrate on the locations that will give you the greatest benefit in energy and cost savings. The most advantageous places will be those where your lighting needs fluctuate the most. If you choose the rooms where a light’s brightest capacity isn’t often required, you’ll go a long way to your desired savings.
For more expert advice on the advantages of dimmer switches or any questions about home comfort, please contact the friendly professionals at Roth Heating & Cooling. We’ve been serving the needs of Portland and the surrounding area since 1976.