If the intent is to stay cool without increasing your energy bills, you’ll likely count on your ceiling fan all the time this summer. A good technique is to use a fan without AC until it gets extremely hot, then turn the fan off and use the air conditioner instead. This is a mistake! Having the ceiling fan and air conditioner in unison is the most beneficial way to maximize comfort and energy savings.
It might seem excessive to pursue two cooling methods at the same time, but fans make your air conditioner more productive. Try these five tips to help you get the most from your air conditioning 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 ability to swap out any light fixture in the heart of the room for a quiet, effective 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 have to be at the least eight-feet high, and rooms with vaulted ceilings might not benefit as much.
As you may imagine, larger fans can push more air than shorter ones. Go for a 36- to 44-inch diameter fan for rooms approximately 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.
Confirm the Fan’s Direction
Ceiling fans can work in both directions. Confirm yours is set to spin counterclockwise during summer. This forces air downward to make the breeze seem more prominent.
If you’re unsure whether your fan is rotating the right way, turn it on and stand straight under it. If the breeze seems weak for how quickly the blades are turning, you probably need to switch the direction.
Some fans have a remote control, usually if they’re mounted on a vaulted ceiling. Look for a button on the remote to switch the direction. If your fan doesn’t have a remote, feel around the motor housing for a reversing switch.
Ceiling fans can rotate either way because forcing the air upward is useful for reducing heating expenses in the winter. So when the seasons change, adjust your fan to turn clockwise and use it on low to distribute warm air close to the ceiling back down to the living space without creating a breeze. This approach is particularly useful in stairwells and rooms with vaulted ceilings.
Reset the Thermostat
You have to turn up the thermostat to make the most of energy savings from using a ceiling fan in the summer. Don’t stress over feeling uncomfortable—the “wind chill” effect produced by running a ceiling fan makes the room appear about 4 degrees cooler. This strategy, which can make winter weather particularly bad, is the trick to home comfort and energy savings for the summer.
If you ordinarily keep your house about 75 degrees, consider readjusting the thermostat to 77 or 78 degrees to make up for the wind chill effect created by running a ceiling fan. Then, change your outfit to improve your comfort level even more. Dressing for the season permits you to maximize comfort while reducing cooling costs.
Shut Off the Fans in Unusued Areas
It’s a widespread belief that ceiling fans lower the temperature in the room. Yes, they make you feel cooler, but all they do is move air around. As a result, there’s not a good reason to keep a ceiling fan moving in an unused room. Fans will cost pennies on the dollar to operate as opposed to air conditioners, but every little bit counts, so switch off the fan if you’re the last person to leave the room.
Watch Your Energy Savings Grow
If you use the tips featured above, you should recognize a reduction in your air conditioning expenses for the rest of the summer. After all, you can save nearly 3 percent on your cooling costs for each degree you increase the thermostat. And by appreciating the wind chill effect produced by the ceiling fan, you can receive savings without compromising comfort.
Keep Cool with Help from Falso Service Experts
Simply, you shouldn’t overlook the impact ceiling fans can have on your home comfort during summer! If you need air conditioning services at any time, turn to Falso Service Experts to resolve your problem promptly. Our technicians can help your air conditioner perform as effectively as possible, ensuring it works in tandem 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 Falso Service Experts.