Even if you have modern central air conditioning, there are still advantages to utilizing a ceiling fan to help cool your home. However, it’s important to recognize that ceiling (or other) fans are not the same as air conditioners and do not promise the same results. In this post, we’ll explain how to use ceiling fans so they can efficiently complement your A/C to create cool air and comfort this summer.
Unlike air conditioning, ceiling fans don’t actually cool the air. Instead, they create movement in the air – which makes it feel cool when it hits your skin. When used in conjunction with your traditional A/C unit, it can create a one-two punch of efficiency that keeps you comfortable.
That said – it only makes sense to keep the fan on when you’re actually in the room. Circulating air will make it feel cooler, but it won’t actually be any cooler, so there’s no need to keep the fan on if no one’s there to feel the breeze it’s creating. In fact, the running motor of a fan could actually increase the air temperature in the room. Thankfully, ceiling fans don’t use a ton of energy, but every little bit counts when you’re trying to conserve and lower your power bills!
CEILING FAN STRATEGY
When you are at home, it still makes sense to run the fan in the room where you are. Because the air makes it feel cooler, you won’t need to crank the A/C in order to feel a comfortable temperature. Do you know how it feels when you’re outside on a hot day and a breeze comes along to bring you some relief? By using a fan, you could achieve that “feels-like” temperature with the thermostat in your home set at up to 10 degrees warmer than you would otherwise. That can result in some major savings.
Ceiling fans are a valuable asset and a desirable accessory in any room. They even have the same cooling effect outdoors on the patio!
A little-known fan secret is that they work in the wintertime, too! The small switch on the base of the fan will cause the blades to spin in the opposite direction. Now, instead of pushing cool air down into the middle of the room, it’s drawing warm air up to the ceiling, then distributing it around the room. This helps heat your home in the winter the same way it gives your A/C a boost in the summer!
THE HIGHER STANDARD
At The Darville Company, your comfort is our priority! We are constantly looking for solutions that will help keep you and your family comfortable in your home – and fans can be a part of that equation! For a consultation on your HVAC and the comfort in your home, make an appointment online or call us today at (432) 580-9674. The Darville Company is the Higher Standard of Home Comfort.