Warm air can be very uncomfortable in your house, especially when there is little to no air movement. With the help of a home ceiling fan, you can better circulate that air to help make you and your family more comfortable. As long as you understand the most efficient use of your ceiling fans, you might be able to see a difference on your energy bills.
First and foremost, you should know that ceiling fans cool people, not rooms. In fact, a ceiling fan can allow you to raise the temperature on your thermostat by 4 degrees Fahrenheit without any reduction in overall comfort. There are two ways that a ceiling fan cools your body: by evaporative cooling and by convective cooling. But if that air movement is not hitting anybody’s skin, then the ceiling fan is not providing any benefit.
With no one in the room to feel the effects of the ceiling fan, all that it will do is get the room warmer when left running. The electric motor in the device produces heat, and that heat is added to the room, not cooler air. Plus, all that energy is wasted with no benefits, and leaving a ceiling fan on for long enough will really start to impact your energy bill.
In order to move more air, you will need a bigger fan. Not only will longer blades provide more cooling, but they will also be more energy efficient. Longer blades move more air without needing to be on higher speeds, so keeping your larger fan on a lower speed will have multiple positive effects in your home.
Fans are great at moving air, whether it be from a ceiling fan or a fan that you have placed in a window. But if you are running your air conditioning, having the fan on may not make much of a difference. Yes, moving the air on your skin will make it feel cooler, but the cooling dynamics of your home change with both the AC and the ceiling fan on.
If you need to feel cooler quicker, then go ahead and turn on that ceiling fan. But remember, once you step out of the room, that ceiling fan no longer needs to be on. For more information on choosing the right ceiling fans for your home, and on how to cool your home more efficiently, call Sharon’s Heating and Air Conditioning today at (734) 425-1415. Our staff is ready to answer all questions you may have.