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

If your intent is to stay cool without spiking your energy bills, you’ll certainly depend on your ceiling fan all the time this summer. A well-known approach is to operate a fan without AC until it gets extremely hot, then shut the fan off and run the air conditioner in its place. This is a mistake! Operating the ceiling fan and air conditioner in unison is the best way to optimize comfort and energy savings. 

It can appear redundant to try two cooling methods at the same time, but fans make your air conditioner more effective. Try these five tips to help you get the most from your air conditioning 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 switch out any light fixture in the center of the room for a quiet, reliable and stylish ceiling fan. 

Keep in mind that ceiling fans run best when the blades rest 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 should be at the least eight-feet high, and rooms with vaulted ceilings might not benefit the way rooms with lower ceilings will. 

As you can imagine, longer fans can push more air than smaller ones. Get 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 row to cool rooms longer than 18 feet. 

Check the Fan’s Direction 

Ceiling fans can move in both directions. Confirm yours is adjusted to spin counterclockwise in the summertime. This drives air downward to make the breeze feel more prominent. 

If you’re unsure whether a fan is rotating the right way, switch it on and stay directly beneath it. If the breeze seems inadequate for how rapidly the blades are turning, you might 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 use a remote, inspect the motor housing for a reversing switch. 

Ceiling fans can rotate in both directions because pushing the air upward is useful for reducing heating expenses in the winter. So when the seasons change, set your fan to rotate clockwise and use it on low to distribute warm air toward the ceiling back toward the living room without producing a breeze. This approach is especially beneficial in stairwells and rooms with vaulted ceilings. 

Reset the Thermostat 

You need to change the thermostat to enjoy energy savings from using a ceiling fan in the summer. Don’t stress over feeling uncomfortable—the “wind chill” effect made by using a ceiling fan makes the room appear up to 4 degrees cooler. This strategy, which can make winter weather particularly bad, is the trick to home comfort and energy savings in the summer. 

If you normally keep your house around 75 degrees, consider adjusting the thermostat to 77 or 78 degrees to make up 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 permits you to optimize comfort while lowering cooling costs

Switch Off the Fans in Unusued Areas 

It’s a popular assumption that ceiling fans reduce the temperature in the room. Sure, they make you feel cooler, but all they do is push air around. As a result, there’s never a reason to keep a ceiling fan working in an unoccupied room. Fans will cost pennies on the dollar to operate as opposed to air conditioners, but every little bit helps, so turn off the fan if you’re the last person to leave the room. 

See Your Energy Savings Grow 

If you follow the tips featured above, you should notice a reduction 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 raise the thermostat. And by using the wind chill effect formed by the ceiling fan, you can receive savings without giving up 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 sometime soon, choose Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing to solve your problem quickly. Our technicians can help your air conditioner work as proficiently as possible, ensuring it works along 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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