IKEA Ceiling Fans Could Be a Big Price Drop for US Gov. as Low-Elevation Heat Increases Cost of Homes
As a new low-pressure system is building over parts of the US, some states have been able to get around the restrictions on where and how people can use their own air conditioners.
But the governors of some states are concerned about what will happen to those residents who can’t use them.
Some are saying they won’t be able to pay the full cost of air conditioning, even as the costs rise.
That’s because, even though the ceiling fans are more expensive, they are actually the best way to lower the cost of living.
The difference is that the cost per unit of electricity for the same fan is about $1.50, compared to about $5 for a traditional gas-powered unit.
And the cost for a typical residential air conditioner is about half the cost, according to an analysis by the University of Colorado Boulder.
The state of Maryland is looking at installing some of the cheapest low-cost models in the country, but it will cost more to keep up with the rising costs of energy than it will the cost to install them, said Mike Krieger, the state’s commissioner of public safety and emergency management.
It’s not going to be cheap, and it’s not clear that it’s going to happen anytime soon, Kriege said.
There are some states that are looking at whether they can lower the ceiling fan prices for people in certain situations, but that’s not an option for the average homeowner in the state, Kreger said.
It’s just not going on the table.
Maryland has a plan to provide subsidies to low-income residents to buy low-priced air conditioning in the wake of the low-emissions mandate.
The plan, if enacted, would give the state a $20,000 tax credit to help cover the cost.
States that are considering whether to do that are also considering whether they should subsidize the cost and whether the state should provide incentives to the people who want to install the fans, said Matthew Stoll, an economist at the University at Albany.
“It’s something that’s very much in the realm of thought for the state of Massachusetts,” Stoll said.
State and local governments are not immune to the effect of the high cost of the fans on the cost they pay to heat homes.
Even the New York City Mayor has weighed in, calling for an investigation into the issue.