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 well-known approach is to operate a fan without AC until it gets really hot, then shut 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 the optimal way to maximize comfort and energy savings.
It might feel redundant to try two cooling methods at once, but fans make your air conditioner more efficient. Use these five tips to help you get the maximum benefit 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 have the ability to swap out any light fixture in the center of the room for a silent, reliable and fashionable ceiling fan.
Bear in mind that ceiling fans work best when the blades are 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 must be a minimum of eight-feet high, and rooms with vaulted ceilings will not benefit as much.
As you can imagine, longer fans can move more air than smaller sized ones. Choose a 36- to 44-inch diameter fan for rooms approximately 225 square feet and 52-inch fans for bigger rooms. You can also put in multiple fans in a row to cool rooms longer than 18 feet.
Confirm the Fan’s Direction
Ceiling fans can operate in both directions. Ensure yours is adjusted to spin counterclockwise in the summertime. This pushes air back down to make the breeze feel more prominent.
If you’re unsure whether a fan is turning the right way, flip it on and stand right beneath it. If the breeze feels inadequate for how fast the blades are spinning, you likely need to change the direction.
Some fans have a remote control, particularly if they’re put in on a vaulted ceiling. Search for a button on the remote to reverse the direction. If your fan doesn’t have a remote, check the motor housing for a reversing switch.
Ceiling fans can rotate in both directions because moving the air upward is useful for reducing heating costs in the winter. So when the seasons change, set your fan to rotate clockwise and use it on low to distribute warm air near the ceiling back toward the living room without producing a breeze. This technique is particularly useful in stairwells and rooms with vaulted ceilings.
Turn Up the Thermostat
You need to change the thermostat to fully appreciate energy savings from running a ceiling fan in the summer. Don’t concern yourself with feeling uncomfortable—the “wind chill” effect created by turning on a ceiling fan makes the room appear up to 4 degrees cooler. This strategy, which can make winter conditions miserable, is the trick to home comfort and energy savings for the summer.
If you normally keep your house around 75 degrees, try adjusting the thermostat to 77 or 78 degrees to cover for the wind chill effect produced by using a ceiling fan. Then, adjust your outfit to improve your comfort level even more. Dressing for the season permits you to maximize comfort while lowering cooling costs.
Shut Off the Fans in Unoccupied Areas
It’s a common misconception that ceiling fans reduce the temperature in the room. Sure, they make you feel cooler, but all they do is move air around. As a result, there’s no reason to keep a ceiling fan on in an unoccupied room. Fans may cost pennies on the dollar to use compared to air conditioners, but every little bit helps, so switch off the fan if you’re the last person to leave the room.
Watch Your Energy Savings Grow
If you stick to the tips featured above, you should recognize a drop in your air conditioning bills 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 enjoying the wind chill effect created by the ceiling fan, you can enjoy savings without losing out on comfort.
Keep Cool with Help from Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning
Truly, you shouldn’t underestimate the impact ceiling fans can have on your home comfort in summer! If you want air conditioning services sometime soon, check out Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning to resolve your problem fast. Our technicians can help your air conditioner run as efficiently as possible, ensuring it works in tandem 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 Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning.