With summer upon us, many home and business owners crank up their ceiling fans in an effort to keep their interior environment’s cool. Does this really work or do ceiling fans just move the air around, creating a somewhat cooling effect?
Ceiling Fans Keep Your Home Cool & Use Less Energy
The truth is, ceiling fans by themselves won’t make your home cooler. Ceiling fans have motors that actually put out small amounts of heat. Ceiling fans are useful for moving the air around the room. The air also tends to feel cooler when it moves across your skin as part of the circulation effect.
This is why your ceiling fans should be used in combination with an air conditioner unit. When used together, ceiling fans can help to keep your home or office feeling more comfortable, especially in the summertime.
A benefit of using ceiling fans is that they can help you save at the electrical meter. An A/C system can use up to 3,500 watts of electricity when it’s running. The average ceiling fan, on the other hand, only uses 60 watts, even when running on its highest mode. This means that you can use your air conditioning a little less while keeping your home just as cool for significant energy savings.
Get an Efficient Fan to Cool Your Space More Effectively
Most fans sold today come with their efficiency ratings on the label. You can see how many cubic feet of air the fans move per minute, and how much electricity they use. If your ceiling fans are outdated, you could save even more by getting one of the many energy-saving models being sold today.
Longer Blades Work Better
As you’re looking at new ceiling fans at the store, you may start to notice that fans with long blades have the highest efficacy levels. Short bladed fans may look sophisticated in your interior space, but they won’t move as much air as a fan with long blades made for maximum air circulation.
Also, make sure the angles of the blades are greater than twelve degrees, or else the fans won’t do much good in the room cooling department.
Do the Direction of the Ceiling Fan Blades Matter?
Yes, the direction of the ceiling fan blades absolutely matters! Most ceiling fans have a setting that allows the blades to turn clockwise or counterclockwise. This setting should be changed according to the season.
Generally speaking, you will want your fans to turn clockwise in the winter and counterclockwise in the summer. However, this can vary depending on the model you buy.
There is an easy way to determine which direction your ceiling fan should go. Stand underneath the fan and switch it on as fast as the blades will spin. If you feel a breeze coming down from the fan blades, that’s the summer setting.
If you don’t feel a breeze, turn the fan off and flip the switch, so the blades turn in the opposite direction, or until you feel the cool breeze flowing downward.
Turn Your Fans on High for a Breezy Effect
For best results, it is recommended that you run your ceiling fans on medium or the highest setting to get the most cooling effect. What you want is for the air to move through the room’s center as a kind of breeze. This is where the air feels coolest on your skin, which is just what you want on those sultry June, July & August days.
Let Your Ceiling Fans Take Over A/C’s Load
The A/C unit can run all day if you set the temperature too low in the summer. If you have ceiling fans running on summer mode, try setting your home’s temperature just a tad bit higher. The fans can take up the work the A/C system would normally be doing, and you’ll save immensely on your energy bills. When the air is circulated, and the cool air is moved more efficiently, the ceiling fans will create an effect that makes the room feel cooler than it truly is, much like the wind chill we have in winter.
Turn Your Ceiling Fans Off When Leaving Home or Work
If you hope to save on energy costs, the electricians at Schlumbrecht’s electric encourage you to get a programmable thermostat so that you can set your air conditioner to only work when you plan to be in the home or the office. We also suggest turning off your ceiling fans when you leave home or work, at least until programmable ceiling fans become a thing.
That’s because, once again, ceiling fans running with no one in the room are pointless. Ceiling fans are designed to make people feel more comfortable. Therefore, make sure the fans are off before you leave the room.
If you’re worried that you will forget, simply make turning your ceiling fans on and off part of your daily routine, just like locking the doors and shutting off all the lights. To make your job easier, turn the ceiling fans on and off by the wall switch as opposed to the pull-chain. Once you get into a habit of turning the fans off, you’ll begin to see just how much you save when it comes time to pay the electric bill.
Are your ceiling fans doing the trick to cool your home? Do you need new ones installed? Or do you have a ceiling fan on the fritz that requires repair? Contact the expert electricians at Schlumbrecht’s Electric in New Orleans, Louisiana