Try These Five Tips for Using Ceiling Fans Along with Your AC
If the intent is to stay cool without jacking up your energy bills, you’ll likely rely on your ceiling fan a great deal this summer. A good approach is to use a fan without AC until it gets really hot, then turn the fan off and try the air conditioner in its place. This is a mistake! Having the ceiling fan and air conditioner simultaneously is the optimal way to maximize comfort and energy savings.
It might appear redundant to try two cooling methods together, but fans make your air conditioner more powerful. Try these five tips to help you get the most from your AC system this summer.
Install a Ceiling Fan
First—if you don’t already have ceiling fans in your home, look into installing some. You should be able to swap out any light fixture in the center of the room for a quiet, effective and eye-catching ceiling fan.
Remember that ceiling fans work best when the blades rest seven to nine feet above the floor, 10 to 12 inches from the ceiling, and at least 18 inches from the walls. This means your ceilings have to be a minimum of eight-feet high, and rooms with vaulted ceilings might not benefit the same amount.
As you can imagine, larger fans can propel more air than smaller ones. Choose a 36- to 44-inch diameter fan for rooms approximately 225 square feet and 52-inch fans for larger rooms. You can also set up multiple fans in a row to cool rooms longer than 18 feet.
Determine the Fan’s Direction
Ceiling fans can work in both directions. Ensure yours is set to spin counterclockwise during the summer. This forces air downward to make the breeze feel more prominent.
If you’re unsure whether your fan is turning the right way, turn it on and stand directly under it. If the breeze seems low for how fast the blades are turning, you likely need to switch the direction.
Some fans have a remote control, usually if they’re installed on a vaulted ceiling. Look for a button on the remote to switch the direction. If your fan doesn’t have a remote, check the motor housing for a reversing switch.
Ceiling fans can turn in both directions because forcing the air upward is useful for reducing heating expenses in the winter. So when the seasons change, adjust your fan to rotate clockwise and run it on low to circulate warm air near the ceiling back to the living room without generating a breeze. This method is especially beneficial in stairwells and rooms with vaulted ceilings.
Reset the Thermostat
You must turn up the thermostat to enjoy energy savings from using a ceiling fan in the summer. Don’t worry about feeling uncomfortable—the “wind chill” effect produced by turning on a ceiling fan makes the room appear around 4 degrees cooler. This principle, which can make winter conditions unpleasant, is the answer to home comfort and energy savings in the summer.
If you ordinarily keep your house about 75 degrees, think about readjusting the thermostat to 77 or 78 degrees to compensate for the wind chill effect made by using a ceiling fan. Then, modify your outfit to enhance your comfort level even more. Dressing for the season permits you to enhance comfort while reducing cooling costs.
Shut Off the Fans in Empty Areas
It’s a widespread misconception that ceiling fans lower the temperature in the room. Of course, they make you feel cooler, but all they do is push air around. As a result, there’s no reason to keep a ceiling fan running in an unoccupied room. Fans will cost pennies on the dollar to run versus AC systems, but every little bit helps, so shut off the fan if you’re the last person to leave the room.
Watch Your Energy Savings Grow
If you adhere to the tips listed above, you should recognize a decrease in your air conditioning expenses for the rest of the summer. After all, you can save as much as 3 percent on your cooling costs for each degree you adjust the thermostat. And by taking advantage of the wind chill effect created by the ceiling fan, you can enjoy savings without sacrificing comfort.
Keep Cool with Help from Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing
Truly, you shouldn’t underestimate the impact ceiling fans can have on your home comfort in summer! If you need air conditioning services at any point, look to Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing to resolve your problem fast. Our technicians can help your air conditioner run as proficiently as possible, ensuring it works along with your ceiling fans to keep your home and family comfortable for less. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with the HVAC pros at Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing.
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