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

If your idea is to stay cool without jacking up your energy bills, you’ll likely count on your ceiling fan a great deal this summer. A common technique is to run a fan without AC until it gets extremely hot, then flip the fan off and try the air conditioner in its place. This is a mistake! Having the ceiling fan and air conditioner simultaneously is the most beneficial way to increase comfort and energy savings. 

It can feel unnecessary to use two cooling methods at once, but fans make your air conditioner more effective. Follow 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 a number of them. You should have the opportunity to switch out any light fixture in the middle of the room for a silent, efficient and eye-catching 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 have to be at 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 propel more air than smaller ones. Try a 36- to 44-inch diameter fan for rooms approximately 225 square feet and 52-inch fans for larger rooms. You can also install multiple fans in a row to cool rooms longer than 18 feet. 

Confirm the Fan’s Direction 

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

If you’re not sure whether a fan is turning the right way, switch it on and stand straight below it. If the breeze seems inadequate for how quickly the blades are turning, you might need to change 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 possess a remote, feel around the motor housing for a reversing switch. 

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

Turn Up the Thermostat 

You must change the thermostat to enjoy energy savings from using a ceiling fan in the summer. Don’t concern yourself with feeling uncomfortable—the “wind chill” effect produced by using a ceiling fan makes the room appear around 4 degrees cooler. This approach, which can make winter conditions unpleasant, is the secret to home comfort and energy savings during the summer. 

If you usually keep your house at 75 degrees, consider setting the thermostat to 77 or 78 degrees to make up for the wind chill effect produced by running a ceiling fan. Then, adjust your outfit to improve your comfort level even more. Dressing for the season allows you to enhance comfort while minimizing cooling costs

Shut Off the Fans in Empty Areas 

It’s a popular assumption that ceiling fans reduce the temperature in a room. Of course, 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 empty room. Fans will cost pennies on the dollar to operate compared to AC systems, but every little bit matters, so turn off the fan if you’re the last person to leave the room. 

See Your Energy Savings Grow 

If you stick to the tips shown above, you could observe a reduction in your air conditioning expenses throughout the summer. After all, you can save as much as 3 percent on your cooling costs for each degree you increase the thermostat. And by using the wind chill effect produced by the ceiling fan, you can enjoy savings without compromising comfort. 

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

Simply, you shouldn’t underestimate the impact ceiling fans can have on your home comfort during summer! If you need air conditioning services at any time, turn to Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing to solve your problem promptly. Our technicians can help your air conditioner work as efficiently as possible, ensuring it works along 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 & Plumbing. 

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