In the heat of summer, you naturally want to keep your home interior as cool as possible. But operating the air conditioner on ‘max’ leads to very expensive electric bills, so you need to complement your AC use with other cooling measures to keep your bills from spiraling out of control. One of the best ways to do so is to have a ceiling fan. With a ceiling fan circulating the cold air in your home, you can keep your AC at low settings, allowing you to keep cool while saving a lot of money over time.
Of course you can earn even more savings by doing some careful planning with your ceiling fan use. Here are some tips and tricks you can try:
If your ceiling fan has a reverse function, rotate the fan blades counterclockwise to evaporate perspiration faster. Likewise, spin the fan clockwise in the winter to push warm air back down.
Keep the fan and the air conditioner at their lowest setting if possible. With both running simultaneously, they won’t need a lot of speed and strength to do their job.
Have more than one ceiling fan in your home. Ideally, you should have a ceiling fan in the living room, bedroom, and kitchen. When you have a ceiling fan in your bedroom, you may not need to turn the AC on. Simply open window and let the fan circulate the cold night air in the room. Similarly, adding a ceiling fan in the kitchen can help disperse the warm air that gathers from cooking and baking.
Now that you know how advantageous having a ceiling fan can be, contact your friendly neighborhood electrician and have him install your ceiling fans for you. It can be helpful to contact the electrician before purchasing your ceiling fans, as he may have useful recommendations.
Getting the Most from Your Fan, homeenergy.org