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

If your plan is to stay cool without increasing your energy bills, you’ll certainly depend on your ceiling fan a lot this summer. A good strategy is to operate a fan without AC until it gets excessively hot, then shut the fan off and try the air conditioner when you really need it. This is a mistake! Operating the ceiling fan and air conditioner together is a great way to maximize comfort and energy savings. 

It may feel excessive to use two cooling methods at the same time, but fans make your air conditioner more powerful. Try these five tips to help you get the maximum benefit from your cooling system this summer. 

Install a Ceiling Fan 

First—if you don’t already have ceiling fans in your home, think about installing some. You should be able to switch out any light fixture in the middle of the room for a smooth, reliable and fashionable 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 must be at least eight-feet high, and rooms with vaulted ceilings will not benefit as much. 

As you might imagine, longer fans can propel 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. 

Confirm the Fan’s Direction 

Ceiling fans can spin in both directions. Confirm yours is set to spin counterclockwise during summer. This forces air downward to make the breeze feel more prominent. 

If you’re not sure whether a fan is spinning the right way, flip it on and stay exactly below it. If the breeze feels low for how fast the blades are turning, you potentially need to reverse the direction. 

Some fans have a remote control, particularly if they’re mounted on a vaulted ceiling. Look for a button on the remote to reverse the direction. If your fan doesn’t have a remote, run your hand along the motor housing for a reversing switch. 

Ceiling fans can rotate in both directions because moving the air upward is useful for lowering heating expenses in the winter. So when the seasons change, adjust your fan to turn clockwise and use it on low to circulate warm air near the ceiling back toward the living space without generating a breeze. This method is especially effective in stairwells and rooms with vaulted ceilings. 

Turn Up the Thermostat 

You must turn up the thermostat to fully appreciate energy savings from running a ceiling fan in the summer. Don’t stress over feeling uncomfortable—the “wind chill” effect made by turning on a ceiling fan makes the room feel around 4 degrees cooler. This principle, which can make winter cold particularly bad, is the secret to home comfort and energy savings during 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 created by running a ceiling fan. Then, modify your outfit to enhance your comfort level even more. Dressing for the season enables you to optimize comfort while lowering cooling costs

Switch Off the Fans in Unusued Areas 

It’s a popular belief that ceiling fans bring down the temperature in the room. Of course, they make you feel cooler, but all they do is move air around. As a result, there’s never a reason to keep a ceiling fan moving in an unused room. Fans may cost pennies on the dollar to operate as opposed to AC systems, but every little bit helps, so switch off the fan if you’re the last person to leave the room. 

See Your Energy Savings Grow 

If you adhere to the tips featured above, you will notice a decrease in your air conditioning bills all summer long. After all, you can save nearly 3 percent on your cooling costs for every degree you raise the thermostat. And by appreciating 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 

Simply, you shouldn’t undervalue the impact ceiling fans can have on your home comfort this summer! If you want air conditioning services at any time, choose Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing to solve your problem quickly. Our technicians can help your air conditioner perform as proficiently as possible, ensuring it works in tandem with your ceiling fans to keep your home and family comfortable for less. Call us today to request an appointment with the HVAC pros at Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing. 

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