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

If your idea is to stay cool without racking up your energy bills, you’ll probably rely on your ceiling fan a lot this summer. A common strategy is to run a fan without AC until it gets very hot, then shut the fan off and try the air conditioner instead. This is a mistake! Running the ceiling fan and air conditioner at the same time is a great way to optimize comfort and energy savings. 

It can feel excessive to try two cooling methods at the same time, but fans make your air conditioner more powerful. Use these five tips to help you get the most from your AC system this summer. 

Install a Ceiling Fan 

First off—if you don’t already have ceiling fans throughout your home, think about installing a few. You should have the ability to swap out any light fixture in the center of the room for a quiet, reliable and stylish ceiling fan. 

Remember that ceiling fans run best when the blades rest 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 will not benefit as much. 

As you may imagine, longer fans can move more air than smaller sized ones. Go 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 line to cool rooms longer than 18 feet. 

Check the Fan’s Direction 

Ceiling fans can run in both directions. Ensure yours is set to spin counterclockwise during the summer. This forces air back down to make the breeze seem more prominent. 

If you’re uncertain whether a fan is turning the right way, switch it on and stay exactly underneath it. If the breeze feels weak for how fast the blades are rotating, you probably need to switch the direction. 

Some fans have a remote control, in particular if they’re installed on a vaulted ceiling. Look for a button on the remote to reverse the direction. If your fan doesn’t have a remote, check the motor housing for a reversing switch. 

Ceiling fans can turn either way because pushing the air upward is useful for reducing heating expenses in the winter. So when the seasons change, set your fan to rotate clockwise and use it on low to disperse warm air toward the ceiling back to the living room without producing a breeze. This strategy is very helpful in stairwells and rooms with vaulted ceilings. 

Adjust the Thermostat 

You should turn up the thermostat to fully appreciate energy savings from using a ceiling fan in the summer. Don’t be afraid of feeling uncomfortable—the “wind chill” effect created by running a ceiling fan makes the room appear about 4 degrees cooler. This strategy, which can make winter cold particularly bad, is the key to home comfort and energy savings during the summer. 

If you typically keep your house around 75 degrees, consider readjusting the thermostat to 77 or 78 degrees to compensate for the wind chill effect made by running a ceiling fan. Then, modify your outfit to improve your comfort level even more. Dressing for the season permits you to optimize comfort while lowering cooling costs

Turn Off the Fans in Empty Areas 

It’s a common belief that ceiling fans drop the temperature in a room. Sure, they make you feel cooler, but all they do is shift air around. As a result, there’s not a good reason to keep a ceiling fan moving in an unoccupied room. Fans may 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 stick to the tips detailed above, you could observe a decrease in your air conditioning bills throughout the summer. After all, you can save up to 3 percent on your cooling costs for every degree you adjust the thermostat. And by appreciating the wind chill effect formed by the ceiling fan, you can enjoy savings without sacrificing comfort. 

Keep Cool with Help from Norrell Service Experts 

Truly, you shouldn’t disregard the impact ceiling fans can have on your home comfort in summer! If you want air conditioning services sometime soon, turn to Norrell Service Experts 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. Contact us today to arrange an appointment with the HVAC pros at Norrell Service Experts. 

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