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

If the goal is to stay cool without racking up your energy bills, you’ll certainly depend on your ceiling fan considerably this summer. A good approach is to use a fan without AC until it gets excessively hot, then shut the fan off and run the air conditioner instead. This is a mistake! Running the ceiling fan and air conditioner in unison is the optimal way to increase comfort and energy savings.

It might feel redundant to use two cooling methods simultaneously, but fans make your air conditioner more efficient. Use 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 throughout your home, think about installing some. You should be able to switch out any light fixture in the middle of the room for a quiet, efficient and eye-catching ceiling fan.

Bear in mind 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 may not benefit as much.

As you might imagine, longer fans can propel more air than smaller sized 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 a line to cool rooms longer than 18 feet.

Check the Fan’s Direction

Ceiling fans can move in both directions. Verify yours is set to spin counterclockwise in the summertime. This forces air downward to make the breeze feel more obvious.

If you’re not sure whether your fan is spinning the right way, switch it on and stand right under it. If the breeze seems low for how rapidly the blades are spinning, you probably need to reverse the direction.

Some fans have a remote control, usually if they’re put in on a vaulted ceiling. Check for a button on the remote to reverse the direction. If your fan doesn’t possess a remote, inspect the motor housing for a reversing switch.

Ceiling fans can spin both ways because forcing the air upward is useful for cutting down heating expenses in the winter. So when the seasons change, adjust your fan to spin clockwise and use it on low to distribute warm air close to the ceiling back to the living space without producing a breeze. This method is very effective in stairwells and rooms with vaulted ceilings.

Turn Up the Thermostat

You have to adjust the thermostat to fully appreciate energy savings from using a ceiling fan in the summer. Don’t concern yourself with feeling uncomfortable—the “wind chill” effect created by using a ceiling fan makes the room feel up to 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 normally keep your house at 75 degrees, try readjusting the thermostat to 77 or 78 degrees to compensate for the wind chill effect created by using a ceiling fan. Then, adjust your outfit to improve your comfort level even more. Dressing for the season permits you to improve comfort while lowering cooling costs.

Switch Off the Fans in Unusued Areas

It’s a widespread assumption that ceiling fans drop the temperature in the room. Sure, 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 moving in an empty room. Fans will cost pennies on the dollar to use as opposed to AC systems, but every little bit helps, 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 listed above, you should observe a reduction in your air conditioning costs throughout the summer. After all, you can save as much as 3 percent on your cooling costs for every degree you increase the thermostat. And by taking advantage of the wind chill effect created by the ceiling fan, you can receive savings without sacrificing comfort.

Keep Cool with Help from Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning

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 Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning to fix your problem quickly. 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. Call us today to schedule an appointment with the HVAC pros at Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning.

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