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

If your idea is to keep cool without jacking up your energy bills, you’ll certainly count on your ceiling fan all the time this summer. A common strategy is to run a fan without AC until it gets very hot, then flip the fan off and run the air conditioner instead. This is a mistake! Operating the ceiling fan and air conditioner simultaneously is the best way to improve comfort and energy savings. 

It may feel unnecessary to try two cooling methods at once, but fans make your air conditioner more productive. Use these five tips to help you get more from your cooling system this summer. 

Install a Ceiling Fan 

First things first—if you don’t already have ceiling fans all over your home, look into installing some. You should have the opportunity to switch out any light fixture in the center of the room for a quiet, reliable and fashionable ceiling fan. 

Keep in mind that ceiling fans run 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 a minimum of eight-feet high, and rooms with vaulted ceilings may not benefit the way rooms with lower ceilings will. 

As you can imagine, larger fans can push more air than smaller ones. Opt for a 36- to 44-inch diameter fan for rooms approximately 225 square feet and 52-inch fans for deeper rooms. You can also put in multiple fans in a row to cool rooms longer than 18 feet. 

Determine the Fan’s Direction 

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

If you’re unsure whether the fan is turning the right way, switch it on and sit right below it. If the breeze appears weak for how fast the blades are turning, you likely need to switch the direction. 

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

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

Turn Up the Thermostat 

You must turn up the thermostat to enjoy energy savings from running a ceiling fan in the summer. Don’t worry about feeling uncomfortable—the “wind chill” effect created by turning on a ceiling fan makes the room seem about 4 degrees cooler. This concept, which can make winter weather miserable, is the trick to home comfort and energy savings in the summer. 

If you generally keep your house at 75 degrees, think about adjusting the thermostat to 77 or 78 degrees to cover for the wind chill effect produced by using a ceiling fan. Then, change your outfit to boost your comfort level even more. Dressing for the season allows you to maximize comfort while minimizing cooling costs

Turn Off the Fans in Empty Areas 

It’s a widespread assumption that ceiling fans drop the temperature in a room. Yes, 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 moving in an empty room. Fans might cost pennies on the dollar to run as opposed to AC systems, but every little bit counts, so shut off the fan if you’re the last person to leave the room. 

Watch Your Energy Savings Grow 

If you stick to the tips outlined above, you will observe a reduction in your air conditioning expenses all summer long. After all, you can save as much as 3 percent on your cooling costs for each degree you adjust the thermostat. And by taking advantage of the wind chill effect formed by the ceiling fan, you can receive savings without compromising comfort. 

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

Simply, you shouldn’t disregard the impact ceiling fans can have on your home comfort during summer! If you want air conditioning services sometime soon, turn to Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing to address your problem quickly. Our technicians can help your air conditioner work as effectively as possible, ensuring it works in tandem 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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