You might think of a ceiling fan as a cooling feature that you use instead of air conditioning—never together. Most homeowners use their ceiling fan for mild cooling needs and choose to switch on their air conditioning when temperatures start to rise. When used with your air conditioning, ceiling fans can help save money by reducing your reliance on your air conditioning.
How Your Fan Works
To understand why it’s beneficial to use your ceiling fan and your air conditioning together, it’s important to know how your ceiling fan works. The blades of the ceiling fan spin and push air downward from the top of the room which creates a breeze.
How Your Fan Can Help
It Allows You to Turn Up the Thermostat: If you turn on your fan while you run your air conditioner you can also raise the temperature of your thermostat. Turning up your thermostat saves your energy and money. If you use your fan strategically, your summer AC bill can drop by 15% or more.
It Provides Better Cooling: If you’re trying to get the most out of your cooling, make sure your fan is rotating counterclockwise. The fan spinning counterclockwise works because cool air collects near the floor and hot air rises. A counterclockwise rotation blows the air downward, forcing the cool air settled at the floor to move outward cooling the room. This provides a steady, cool breeze.
It Helps You Heat Up Too: In the fall as it gets closer to winter, switch your blades back to spinning clockwise. This rotation will pull the air up toward the ceiling driving the warm air that’s risen naturally back down to keep you and your family toasty during these crisp fall days, for this to work make sure that the fan is spinning at a low setting.
If you struggle to get the most out of your air conditioner, live in a two-story home with uneven cooling temperatures, or just want to try more cost-effective means of heating and cooling, a ceiling fan is your biggest ally. Using your ceiling fan can really help to perfect cooling and heating, level out imbalances, and can even lower your bills.
Nasr Electric is always available to help ease your mind and offer cost effective solutions.