Try These Five Tips for Using Ceiling Fans Along with Your AC 

If your idea is to stay cool without racking up your energy bills, you’ll certainly count on your ceiling fan all the time this summer. A prevalent approach is to run a fan without AC until it gets too hot, then shut the fan off and run the air conditioner when you really need it. This is a mistake! Operating the ceiling fan and air conditioner simultaneously is a great way to optimize comfort and energy savings. 

It may seem redundant to use two cooling methods together, but fans make your air conditioner more effective. Try these five tips to help you get the most from your air conditioning system this summer. 

Install a Ceiling Fan 

First off—if you don’t already have ceiling fans all over your home, think about installing some. You should be able to switch out any light fixture in the heart of the room for a silent, effective and fashionable ceiling fan. 

Don’t forget that ceiling fans work 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 the least eight-feet high, and rooms with vaulted ceilings might not benefit the same amount. 

As you might imagine, longer fans can propel more air than smaller ones. Try a 36- to 44-inch diameter fan for rooms approximately 225 square feet and 52-inch fans for bigger rooms. You can also set up multiple fans in a row 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 back down to make the breeze appear more obvious. 

If you’re unsure whether a fan is turning the right way, turn it on and stay exactly underneath it. If the breeze feels inadequate for how fast the blades are rotating, you potentially need to change the direction. 

Some fans have a remote control, especially if they’re installed on a vaulted ceiling. Search for a button on the remote to change the direction. If your fan doesn’t use a remote, run your hand along the motor housing for a reversing switch. 

Ceiling fans can turn either way because moving the air upward is useful for reducing heating bills in the winter. So when the seasons change, set your fan to spin clockwise and run it on low to disperse warm air close to the ceiling back to the living space without generating a breeze. This approach is particularly useful in stairwells and rooms with vaulted ceilings. 

Turn Up the Thermostat 

You must change the thermostat to make the most of energy savings from running 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 appear about 4 degrees cooler. This approach, which can make winter conditions miserable, is the trick to home comfort and energy savings in the summer. 

If you ordinarily keep your house around 75 degrees, try setting the thermostat to 77 or 78 degrees to cover for the wind chill effect made by running a ceiling fan. Then, switch up your outfit to enhance your comfort level even more. Dressing for the season permits you to improve comfort while lowering cooling costs

Turn Off the Fans in Unusued Areas 

It’s a popular belief that ceiling fans drop the temperature in a room. Yes, they make you feel cooler, but all they do is move air around. As a result, there’s never a reason to keep a ceiling fan running in an unused room. Fans might cost pennies on the dollar to run compared to air conditioners, but every little bit matters, so shut off the fan if you’re the last person to leave the room. 

See Your Energy Savings Grow 

If you adhere to the tips detailed above, you could observe a reduction in your air conditioning expenses all summer long. After all, you can save as much as 3 percent on your cooling costs for every degree you increase the thermostat. And by using the wind chill effect created by the ceiling fan, you can experience savings without losing out on comfort. 

Keep Cool with Help from Mid-State Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing 

Truly, you shouldn’t undervalue the impact ceiling fans can have on your home comfort this summer! If you want air conditioning services at any point, turn to Mid-State Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing to resolve your problem fast. Our technicians can help your air conditioner run as effectively as possible, ensuring it works together with your ceiling fans to keep your home and family comfortable for less. Contact us today to request an appointment with the HVAC pros at Mid-State Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing. 

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