Ceiling fans are an excellent way to supplement a well-maintained air conditioning system. Saving energy with ceiling fans can help your family stay cool and comfortable while you save money on the electric bill. The science behind efficient use of ceiling fans may not seem obvious. Here are a few tips for getting the most out of your ceiling fans, and an explanation of how ceiling fans keep you cool.
Fans keep you cool because they keep the air around you moving. As the air moves, more of it comes in contact with your skin. This allows your body to release more heat into the air and maintain a comfortable temperature. When ceiling fans can keep you comfortable by themselves, turn off the A/C.
Do not leave ceiling fans running in unoccupied rooms. Fans are only beneficial if there is someone present to experience their effect. As a matter of fact, the motor in the fan can actually heat the air in the room slightly, defeating the very purpose of the fan. So, turn off fans in empty rooms or if the air is cool enough without them.
When the temperature in your home becomes warm enough to require the use of your air conditioning, you should be able to keep the temperature setting on your thermostat a few degrees higher if you use fans. You may be surprised at how much difference a ceiling fan can make in keeping you cool, requiring less use of the A/C. Be mindful of your needs and you can start saving energy with ceiling fans.
For more tips and tricks on how to save money on energy costs, contact Davis Air Conditioning and Heating. The dedicated team at Davis has been serving the greater Houston area for over 40 years. Whether you need maintenance, installation or just want to talk to a friendly professional, we are here to help.