When the Indiana summer gets to be too much, it’s essential to have air conditioning to beat the heat. But did you know there’s a way to get even more cooling power from your air conditioning and save money at the same time? It’s using a ceiling fan to complement the work your A/C is doing.
Using ceiling fans together with your A/C helps to circulate the cool air, allowing you to raise your thermostat setting by as much as 4 degrees. When the air moves, it creates a wind-chill effect, cooling you without lowering the temperature. The U.S. Department of Energy says that every degree of change on the thermostat equals a 3-4 percent change in your energy bill, so four degrees can have a significant impact on your budget.
Five ways to get the most from your ceiling fan:
- When installing the fan, make sure the room has a ceiling height of eight feet or more. The blades of the fan should be more than seven feet from the floor and between 10-12 inches below the ceiling.
- Do not install fans with the fan blades within 18 inches of a wall.
- To create a comfortable breeze, make sure the blades are rotating in a counter-clockwise motion during the cooling season. Do the opposite during the winter.
- Since fans do not cool the air, do not leave them running in an empty room. The fan’s effect only works if there’s someone in the room to enjoy it.
- Buy fans with the Energy Star label. Energy Star-certified products are tested to be energy efficient.
The next time you reach for the thermostat to cool your home, stop and turn on your ceiling fan instead. The cooling is better when you use the air conditioning and your ceiling fans together.
For more information on ceiling fans and getting more from your HVAC system, contact the experts at Mowery Heating, Air Conditioning and Plumbing – providing indoor comfort to Indianapolis area residents for more than 40 years.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Brownsburg, Indiana and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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