If your idea is to keep cool without increasing your energy bills, you’ll probably count on your ceiling fan a lot this summer. A good technique is to run a fan without AC until it gets excessively hot, then switch the fan off and try the air conditioner in its place. This is a mistake! Running the ceiling fan and air conditioner in unison is a great way to increase comfort and energy savings.
It might feel unnecessary to try two cooling methods simultaneously, but fans make your air conditioner more powerful. Follow these five tips to help you get more from your AC system this summer.
Install a Ceiling Fan
First—if you don’t already have ceiling fans all over your home, look into installing a number of them. You should be able to swap out any light fixture in the middle of the room for a silent, reliable and fashionable ceiling fan.
Bear in mind 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 a minimum of eight-feet high, and rooms with vaulted ceilings might not benefit the same amount.
As you can imagine, larger fans can push more air than shorter ones. Try 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 run in both directions. Make sure yours is ready to spin counterclockwise during the summer. This drives air downward to make the breeze seem more obvious.
If you’re unsure whether your fan is turning the right way, flip it on and stay exactly under it. If the breeze appears inadequate for how fast the blades are rotating, you might need to switch the direction.
Some fans have a remote control, in particular if they’re mounted on a vaulted ceiling. Search 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 spin either way because moving 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 disperse warm air near the ceiling back toward the living room without creating a breeze. This method is especially effective in stairwells and rooms with vaulted ceilings.
Turn Up the Thermostat
You have to turn up the thermostat to enjoy energy savings from using a ceiling fan in the summer. Don’t be afraid of feeling uncomfortable—the “wind chill” effect made by turning on a ceiling fan makes the room seem up to 4 degrees cooler. This principle, which can make winter conditions miserable, is the secret to home comfort and energy savings for the summer.
If you generally keep your house around 75 degrees, think about adjusting the thermostat to 77 or 78 degrees to compensate for the wind chill effect created by using a ceiling fan. Then, modify your outfit to boost your comfort level even more. Dressing for the season permits you to maximize comfort while reducing cooling costs.
Turn Off the Fans in Unusued Areas
It’s a common assumption that ceiling fans lower the temperature in a room. Of course, they make you feel cooler, but all they do is shift air around. As a result, there’s not a good reason to keep a ceiling fan working in an unused room. Fans will cost pennies on the dollar to use versus 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 use the tips detailed above, you should observe a drop 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 adjust the thermostat. And by using the wind chill effect formed by the ceiling fan, you can receive savings without compromising comfort.
Keep Cool with Help from Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning
Clearly, you shouldn’t undervalue the impact ceiling fans can have on your home comfort this summer! If you need air conditioning services at any time, check out Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning to fix your problem quickly. Our technicians can help your air conditioner run 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 request an appointment with the HVAC pros at Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning.