If your intent is to keep cool without increasing your energy bills, you’ll certainly depend on your ceiling fan considerably this summer. A good approach is to run a fan without AC until it gets excessively hot, then turn the fan off and run the air conditioner in its place. This is a mistake! Operating the ceiling fan and air conditioner simultaneously is the most beneficial way to improve comfort and energy savings.
It may feel unnecessary to try two cooling methods at the same time, but fans make your air conditioner more effective. Try these five tips to help you get the most from your AC system this summer.
Install a Ceiling Fan
First things first—if you don’t already have ceiling fans all over your home, think about installing a number of them. You should have the opportunity to switch out any light fixture in the middle of the room for a smooth, efficient and eye-catching ceiling fan.
Keep in mind that ceiling fans run 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 should be a minimum of eight-feet high, and rooms with vaulted ceilings may not benefit the same amount.
As you may imagine, longer fans can push more air than smaller sized ones. Get a 36- to 44-inch diameter fan for rooms as much as 225 square feet and 52-inch fans for bigger rooms. You can also set up multiple fans in the same area to cool rooms longer than 18 feet.
Confirm the Fan’s Direction
Ceiling fans can run in both directions. Ensure yours is adjusted to spin counterclockwise during summer. This pushes air downward to make the breeze appear more apparent.
If you’re not sure whether your fan is rotating the right way, flip it on and stand exactly underneath it. If the breeze appears inadequate for how fast the blades are spinning, you potentially need to change the direction.
Some fans have a remote control, especially if they’re installed on a vaulted ceiling. Check for a button on the remote to switch the direction. If your fan doesn’t possess a remote, inspect the motor housing for a reversing switch.
Ceiling fans can spin either way because driving the air upward is useful for decreasing heating costs in the winter. So when the seasons change, adjust your fan to rotate clockwise and run it on low to distribute warm air toward the ceiling back to the living room without producing a breeze. This method is particularly useful in stairwells and rooms with vaulted ceilings.
Adjust the Thermostat
You should turn up the thermostat to fully appreciate energy savings from using a ceiling fan in the summer. Don’t be afraid of feeling uncomfortable—the “wind chill” effect created by running a ceiling fan makes the room seem around 4 degrees cooler. This principle, which can make winter conditions miserable, is the answer to home comfort and energy savings in the summer.
If you usually keep your house about 75 degrees, consider adjusting the thermostat to 77 or 78 degrees to compensate for the wind chill effect created by running a ceiling fan. Then, modify your outfit to increase your comfort level even more. Dressing for the season permits you to enhance comfort while reducing cooling costs.
Shut Off the Fans in Unusued Areas
It’s a popular belief that ceiling fans drop the temperature in the room. Yes, 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 unused room. Fans may cost pennies on the dollar to use compared to AC systems, but every little bit matters, so turn off the fan if you’re the last person to leave the room.
See Your Energy Savings Grow
If you use the tips shown above, you should observe a drop in your air conditioning bills for the rest of the summer. After all, you can save nearly 3 percent on your cooling costs for every degree you increase the thermostat. And by using the wind chill effect formed by the ceiling fan, you can experience savings without sacrificing comfort.
Keep Cool with Help from Strand Brothers Service Experts
Plainly, you shouldn’t disregard the impact ceiling fans can have on your home comfort this summer! If you want air conditioning services at any time, check out Strand Brothers Service Experts to resolve your problem promptly. Our technicians can help your air conditioner perform as efficiently as possible, ensuring it works together with your ceiling fans to keep your home and family comfortable for less. Call us today to arrange an appointment with the HVAC pros at Strand Brothers Service Experts.