If the goal is to stay cool without spiking your energy bills, you’ll certainly depend on your ceiling fan all the time this summer. A prevalent approach is to operate a fan without AC until it gets very hot, then switch the fan off and use the air conditioner when you really need it. This is a mistake! Running the ceiling fan and air conditioner at the same time is the best way to maximize comfort and energy savings.
It may appear unnecessary to pursue two cooling methods simultaneously, but fans make your air conditioner more productive. Use these five tips to help you get more from your cooling system this summer.
Install a Ceiling Fan
First—if you don’t already have ceiling fans in your home, look into installing a number of them. You should have the ability to switch out any light fixture in the heart of the room for a smooth, efficient and stylish ceiling fan.
Remember that ceiling fans run best when the blades sit 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 at least eight-feet high, and rooms with vaulted ceilings may not benefit the same amount.
As you can imagine, bigger fans can propel more air than shorter ones. Choose a 36- to 44-inch diameter fan for rooms as much as 225 square feet and 52-inch fans for larger rooms. You can also put in multiple fans in the same area to cool rooms longer than 18 feet.
Check the Fan’s Direction
Ceiling fans can spin in both directions. Confirm yours is ready to spin counterclockwise in the summertime. This forces air down to make the breeze seem more prominent.
If you’re uncertain whether a fan is turning the right way, switch it on and sit directly below it. If the breeze appears low for how fast the blades are spinning, you potentially need to reverse the direction.
Some fans have a remote control, particularly if they’re fitted on a vaulted ceiling. Check for a button on the remote to change the direction. If your fan doesn’t possess a remote, check the motor housing for a reversing switch.
Ceiling fans can turn both ways because forcing the air upward is useful for reducing heating costs in the winter. So when the seasons change, flip your fan to turn clockwise and run it on low to distribute warm air around the ceiling back down to the living space without producing a breeze. This strategy is very helpful in stairwells and rooms with vaulted ceilings.
Turn Up the Thermostat
You have to change the thermostat to fully appreciate energy savings from using a ceiling fan in the summer. Don’t worry about feeling uncomfortable—the “wind chill” effect made by using a ceiling fan makes the room feel up to 4 degrees cooler. This strategy, which can make winter conditions particularly bad, is the key to home comfort and energy savings for the summer.
If you generally keep your house around 75 degrees, try adjusting the thermostat to 77 or 78 degrees to make up for the wind chill effect made by using a ceiling fan. Then, change your outfit to improve your comfort level even more. Dressing for the season permits you to enhance comfort while reducing cooling costs.
Switch Off the Fans in Unoccupied Areas
It’s a widespread misconception that ceiling fans reduce the temperature in the room. Of course, they make you feel cooler, but all they do is shift air around. As a result, there’s never a reason to keep a ceiling fan on in an empty room. Fans may cost pennies on the dollar to use as opposed to AC systems, but every little bit matters, so turn off the fan if you’re the last person to leave the room.
Watch Your Energy Savings Grow
If you follow the tips detailed above, you will notice a decrease in your air conditioning costs throughout the summer. After all, you can save nearly 3 percent on your cooling costs for every degree you raise the thermostat. And by using the wind chill effect produced by the ceiling fan, you can receive savings without compromising comfort.
Keep Cool with Help from Bob Brown Service Experts
Clearly, you shouldn’t underestimate the impact ceiling fans can have on your home comfort this summer! If you want air conditioning services at any point, choose Bob Brown Service Experts to fix your problem fast. Our technicians can help your air conditioner run as efficiently as possible, ensuring it works together with your ceiling fans to keep your home and family comfortable for less. Contact us today to arrange an appointment with the HVAC pros at Bob Brown Service Experts.