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

If your plan is to keep cool without jacking up your energy bills, you’ll likely depend on your ceiling fan considerably this summer. A prevalent strategy is to run a fan without AC until it gets too hot, then turn the fan off and run the air conditioner when you really need it. This is a mistake! Operating the ceiling fan and air conditioner simultaneously is the optimal way to maximize comfort and energy savings. 

It can seem redundant to try two cooling methods at the same time, but fans make your air conditioner more effective. Consider these five tips to help you get the most from your air conditioning system this summer. 

Install a Ceiling Fan 

First things first—if you don’t already have ceiling fans throughout your home, think about installing a few. You should be able to switch out any light fixture in the heart of the room for a smooth, effective and eye-catching ceiling fan. 

Remember that ceiling fans run 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 should be a minimum of eight-feet high, and rooms with vaulted ceilings may not benefit as much. 

As you can imagine, larger 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 bigger rooms. You can also set up multiple fans in a line to cool rooms longer than 18 feet. 

Confirm the Fan’s Direction 

Ceiling fans can operate in both directions. Ensure yours is adjusted to spin counterclockwise during the summer. This forces air down to make the breeze seem more apparent. 

If you’re not sure whether the fan is rotating the right way, flip it on and stand straight under it. If the breeze appears low for how fast the blades are rotating, you might need to change the direction. 

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

Ceiling fans can turn both ways because forcing the air upward is useful for reducing heating costs in the winter. So when the seasons change, adjust your fan to spin clockwise and run it on low to circulate warm air close to the ceiling back to the living room without generating a breeze. This technique is especially effective in stairwells and rooms with vaulted ceilings. 

Turn Up the Thermostat 

You need to adjust the thermostat to fully appreciate energy savings from running a ceiling fan in the summer. Don’t worry about feeling uncomfortable—the “wind chill” effect made by turning on a ceiling fan makes the room feel around 4 degrees cooler. This strategy, which can make winter conditions unpleasant, is the trick to home comfort and energy savings in the summer. 

If you ordinarily keep your house at 75 degrees, try readjusting the thermostat to 77 or 78 degrees to compensate for the wind chill effect produced by using a ceiling fan. Then, switch up your outfit to improve your comfort level even more. Dressing for the season allows you to improve comfort while lowering cooling costs

Switch Off the Fans in Unusued Areas 

It’s a widespread assumption that ceiling fans drop the temperature in a room. Sure, 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 running in an unused room. Fans may cost pennies on the dollar to use compared 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 shown above, you should notice a reduction in your air conditioning costs throughout the summer. After all, you can save nearly 3 percent on your cooling costs for each degree you raise the thermostat. And by taking advantage of the wind chill effect formed by the ceiling fan, you can receive savings without losing out on 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 this summer! If you want air conditioning services sometime soon, check out Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing to resolve 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. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with the HVAC pros at Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing. 

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