If you’re not using your home’s ceiling fans to assist your air conditioner, you could be losing out on two distinct advantages they afford: better home comfort and increased energy savings. And while you could conceivably use any type of fan to boost your air conditioning, ceiling fans are ideal. They circulate the air in your home well and create the best wind-chill effect, compared to other types of fans such as a floor or portable fan.
When you turn on a ceiling fan, it creates a draft in the room, and if you’re present to feel that draft, you’ll feel cooler in that space than you would in a room that doesn’t have a ceiling fan in operation. But if no one is occupying the room in which a ceiling fan is running, it’s better to turn the fan off, because you’ll only reap its comfort benefits if you’re actually present to the feel the draft it creates.
When you use a ceiling fan to assist the cooled air your air conditioner generates, you can save energy — a lot of energy, in fact. Energy Savers estimates that homeowners can comfortably raise the thermostat in their homes as much as four degrees without noticing any change in comfort. And when you raise the thermostat’s setting, you can save about 1 percent on your energy bills for every one degree to which you lower your thermostat. Over the summer, that 4 percent savings will add up.
Ceiling fans work best when their size matches a room’s square footage. If a room is 225 square feet, use a fan no larger than 44 inches in diameter. Larger rooms can accommodate a 52-inch ceiling fan. If you want to install a ceiling fan in a room 18 feet or larger, consider installing more than one fan.
This summer, save energy and stay comfortable using your ceiling fans. For more information about ways you can save energy throughout your home, contact Wolff Mechanical today. We’re happy to put our expertise to good use for homeowners in the Phoenix Valley area.
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