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

If the intent is to keep cool without jacking up your energy bills, you’ll likely count on your ceiling fan a great deal this summer. A well-known approach is to operate a fan without AC until it gets really 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 simultaneously is a great way to improve comfort and energy savings. 

It can seem excessive to try two cooling methods simultaneously, but fans make your air conditioner more powerful. Try these five tips to help you get the maximum benefit from your air conditioning system this summer. 

Install a Ceiling Fan 

First—if you don’t already have ceiling fans in your home, consider installing some. You should be able to change out any light fixture in the middle of the room for a silent, efficient and stylish 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 a minimum of eight-feet high, and rooms with vaulted ceilings might not benefit as much. 

As you can imagine, bigger fans can push more air than smaller ones. Go for a 36- to 44-inch diameter fan for rooms as much as 225 square feet and 52-inch fans for bigger rooms. You can also install multiple fans in a line to cool rooms longer than 18 feet. 

Determine the Fan’s Direction 

Ceiling fans can run in both directions. Make sure yours is ready to spin counterclockwise during summer. This drives air downward to make the breeze feel more apparent. 

If you’re not sure whether the fan is turning the right way, flip it on and stay directly beneath it. If the breeze feels weak for how rapidly the blades are turning, you potentially need to reverse the direction. 

Some fans have a remote control, in particular if they’re fitted on a vaulted ceiling. Look for a button on the remote to change the direction. If your fan doesn’t use 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 decreasing heating costs in the winter. So when the seasons change, flip your fan to spin clockwise and use it on low to distribute warm air close to the ceiling back down to the living space without producing a breeze. This method is particularly beneficial 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 concern yourself with feeling uncomfortable—the “wind chill” effect produced by running a ceiling fan makes the room feel about 4 degrees cooler. This principle, which can make winter conditions particularly bad, is the trick to home comfort and energy savings for the summer. 

If you usually keep your house at 75 degrees, consider adjusting the thermostat to 77 or 78 degrees to cover for the wind chill effect made by running a ceiling fan. Then, adjust your outfit to improve your comfort level even more. Dressing for the season allows you to optimize comfort while reducing cooling costs

Shut Off the Fans in Empty Areas 

It’s a popular assumption that ceiling fans reduce the temperature in the 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 running in an unused room. Fans will cost pennies on the dollar to operate in contrast to air conditioners, but every little bit helps, so turn off the fan if you’re the last person to leave the room. 

Watch Your Energy Savings Grow 

If you stick to the tips laid out above, you should observe a reduction in your air conditioning costs for the rest of the summer. After all, you can save nearly 3 percent on your cooling costs for every degree you adjust the thermostat. And by taking advantage of the wind chill effect created by the ceiling fan, you can experience savings without losing out on comfort. 

Keep Cool with Help from Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing 

Plainly, you shouldn’t undervalue the impact ceiling fans can have on your home comfort during summer! If you need air conditioning services at any time, look to Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing to fix your problem promptly. Our technicians can help your air conditioner perform 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 schedule an appointment with the HVAC pros at Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing. 

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