If your intent is to stay cool without racking up your energy bills, you’ll likely count on your ceiling fan a lot this summer. A good technique is to use a fan without AC until it gets very hot, then switch the fan off and run the air conditioner instead. This is a mistake! Having the ceiling fan and air conditioner simultaneously is a great way to increase comfort and energy savings.
It can seem excessive to pursue two cooling methods simultaneously, but fans make your air conditioner more powerful. Try these five tips to help you get the most from your AC system this summer.
Install a Ceiling Fan
First off—if you don’t already have ceiling fans in your home, think about installing some. You should be able to swap out any light fixture in the heart of the room for a smooth, reliable and fashionable ceiling fan.
Keep in mind that ceiling fans run 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 may not benefit the same amount.
As you may imagine, bigger fans can move more air than smaller sized ones. Opt for a 36- to 44-inch diameter fan for rooms up to 225 square feet and 52-inch fans for deeper rooms. You can also install multiple fans in the same area to cool rooms longer than 18 feet.
Check the Fan’s Direction
Ceiling fans can operate in both directions. Confirm yours is ready to spin counterclockwise in the summertime. This forces air downward to make the breeze feel more obvious.
If you’re not sure whether the fan is turning the right way, switch it on and sit right beneath it. If the breeze appears low for how rapidly the blades are spinning, you potentially need to reverse the direction.
Some fans have a remote control, in particular if they’re installed on a vaulted ceiling. Check for a button on the remote to change 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 driving the air upward is useful for lowering heating bills in the winter. So when the seasons change, adjust your fan to turn clockwise and use it on low to circulate warm air close to the ceiling back down to the living space without generating a breeze. This approach is very beneficial in stairwells and rooms with vaulted ceilings.
Reset the Thermostat
You need to 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 turning on a ceiling fan makes the room appear about 4 degrees cooler. This concept, which can make winter weather unpleasant, is the secret to home comfort and energy savings in the summer.
If you typically keep your house about 75 degrees, try readjusting the thermostat to 77 or 78 degrees to make up for the wind chill effect made by using a ceiling fan. Then, switch up your outfit to improve your comfort level even more. Dressing for the season allows you to maximize comfort while reducing cooling costs.
Shut Off the Fans in Unoccupied Areas
It’s a widespread belief that ceiling fans bring down the temperature in the room. Sure, they make you feel cooler, but all they do is shift air around. As a result, there’s never a reason to keep a ceiling fan running in an empty room. Fans will cost pennies on the dollar to use compared 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 follow the tips laid out above, you will observe a reduction in your air conditioning expenses for the rest of the summer. After all, you can save approximately 3 percent on your cooling costs for each degree you raise the thermostat. And by enjoying the wind chill effect produced by the ceiling fan, you can receive savings without sacrificing comfort.
Keep Cool with Help from Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning
Plainly, you shouldn’t disregard the impact ceiling fans can have on your home comfort this summer! If you want air conditioning services sometime soon, look to Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning to resolve your problem promptly. Our technicians can help your air conditioner work as efficiently 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 Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning.