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

If your goal is to keep cool without racking up your energy bills, you’ll probably count on your ceiling fan a lot this summer. A common approach is to use a fan without AC until it gets very hot, then switch the fan off and run the air conditioner in its place. This is a mistake! Running the ceiling fan and air conditioner together is the best way to maximize comfort and energy savings. 

It may seem redundant to pursue two cooling methods at once, but fans make your air conditioner more efficient. Follow these five tips to help you get the most from your cooling system this summer. 

Install a Ceiling Fan 

First—if you don’t already have ceiling fans throughout your home, look into installing some. You should have the opportunity to swap out any light fixture in the center of the room for a quiet, efficient and eye-catching ceiling fan. 

Keep in mind that ceiling fans function 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 must be at the least eight-feet high, and rooms with vaulted ceilings may not benefit as much. 

As you might imagine, larger fans can move more air than smaller ones. Opt for a 36- to 44-inch diameter fan for rooms up to 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. 

Determine the Fan’s Direction 

Ceiling fans can spin in both directions. Make sure yours is set to spin counterclockwise in the summertime. This pushes air downward to make the breeze seem more prominent. 

If you’re not sure whether your fan is spinning the right way, switch it on and stand directly beneath it. If the breeze seems weak for how rapidly the blades are spinning, you probably need to change the direction. 

Some fans have a remote control, especially if they’re installed on a vaulted ceiling. Check 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 rotate both ways because pushing the air upward is useful for lowering heating bills in the winter. So when the seasons change, set your fan to turn clockwise and run it on low to distribute warm air near the ceiling back toward the living space without creating a breeze. This technique is particularly beneficial in stairwells and rooms with vaulted ceilings. 

Turn Up the Thermostat 

You must adjust 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 running a ceiling fan makes the room seem about 4 degrees cooler. This concept, which can make winter weather miserable, is the key to home comfort and energy savings in the summer. 

If you normally keep your house at 75 degrees, consider setting the thermostat to 77 or 78 degrees to cover for the wind chill effect created by running a ceiling fan. Then, adjust your outfit to increase your comfort level even more. Dressing for the season permits you to maximize comfort while minimizing cooling costs

Turn Off the Fans in Unusued Areas 

It’s a common misconception that ceiling fans lower the temperature in the 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 unoccupied room. Fans may cost pennies on the dollar to operate compared to air conditioners, but every little bit matters, so turn off the fan if you’re the last person to leave the room. 

Watch Your Energy Savings Grow 

If you follow the tips outlined above, you should observe a reduction in your air conditioning bills for the rest of the summer. After all, you can save up to 3 percent on your cooling costs for every degree you increase the thermostat. And by enjoying the wind chill effect created by the ceiling fan, you can enjoy savings without sacrificing comfort. 

Keep Cool with Help from Chief/Bauer Service Experts 

Clearly, you shouldn’t underestimate the impact ceiling fans can have on your home comfort during summer! If you need air conditioning services sometime soon, turn to Chief/Bauer Service Experts to resolve 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. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with the HVAC pros at Chief/Bauer Service Experts. 

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