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

If your intent is to keep cool without jacking up your energy bills, you’ll likely count on your ceiling fan considerably this summer. A well-known strategy is to use a fan without AC until it gets too hot, then flip the fan off and run the air conditioner instead. This is a mistake! Having the ceiling fan and air conditioner in unison is the optimal way to increase comfort and energy savings. 

It may feel excessive to pursue two cooling methods together, but fans make your air conditioner more efficient. Consider these five tips to help you get the most from your air conditioning system this summer. 

Install a Ceiling Fan 

First off—if you don’t already have ceiling fans throughout your home, look into installing some. You should have the ability to switch out any light fixture in the center of the room for a silent, effective and fashionable ceiling fan. 

Bear in mind that ceiling fans work best when the blades will be 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 the least eight-feet high, and rooms with vaulted ceilings will not benefit as much. 

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

Check the Fan’s Direction 

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

If you’re unsure whether your fan is rotating the right way, flip it on and sit straight below it. If the breeze appears inadequate for how rapidly the blades are rotating, you likely need to reverse the direction. 

Some fans have a remote control, usually if they’re put in on a vaulted ceiling. Look for a button on the remote to switch the direction. If your fan doesn’t possess a remote, feel around the motor housing for a reversing switch. 

Ceiling fans can spin either way because moving the air upward is useful for reducing heating expenses in the winter. So when the seasons change, flip your fan to turn clockwise and keep it on low to disperse warm air around the ceiling back to the living room without producing a breeze. This strategy is particularly beneficial in stairwells and rooms with vaulted ceilings. 

Reset the Thermostat 

You have to change the thermostat to enjoy energy savings from running a ceiling fan in the summer. Don’t stress over feeling uncomfortable—the “wind chill” effect produced by using a ceiling fan makes the room seem about 4 degrees cooler. This approach, which can make winter weather unpleasant, is the trick to home comfort and energy savings for the summer. 

If you normally keep your house about 75 degrees, think about readjusting the thermostat to 77 or 78 degrees to cover for the wind chill effect produced by using a ceiling fan. Then, switch up your outfit to boost your comfort level even more. Dressing for the season enables you to optimize comfort while reducing cooling costs

Turn Off the Fans in Unusued Areas 

It’s a popular misconception that ceiling fans drop 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 no reason to keep a ceiling fan working in an unused room. Fans will cost pennies on the dollar to use as opposed to air conditioners, 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 adhere to the tips laid out above, you should notice a reduction in your air conditioning bills throughout the summer. After all, you can save nearly 3 percent on your cooling costs for each degree you adjust the thermostat. And by enjoying the wind chill effect produced by the ceiling fan, you can receive savings without compromising comfort. 

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

Plainly, you shouldn’t underestimate the impact ceiling fans can have on your home comfort during summer! If you want air conditioning services sometime soon, check out Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing to address 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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