Myth or not? Ceiling fans reduce air conditioning costs

Myth or not? Ceiling fans reduce air conditioning costs

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This in fact is not a myth because ceiling fans can help you reduce your cooling costs as they allow you to turn your air conditioner’s thermostat up and still feel content in your own home.  The breeze increases the evaporation of moisture from your skin making you feel serener than you would without it. Conversely, there’s a small drawback. Ceiling fans cool people down, but they don’t lower the temperature in the room. Be careful to not throw money away by leaving the ceiling fans on when no one is around. This can also be dangerous in the rare case that the ceiling fan ends up falling from the ceiling or they can start a fire. By the way, the same advice applies to portable fans, like standing floor fans. Turn off a fan when you leave that particular room because depending on the speed of the fan, you can save about three to seven dollars.

Every degree your turn up your thermostat reduces the amount of energy you use for cooling by three to five percent. A ceiling fan uses around the same amount of energy as a light bulb, so the cost of running one won’t disaffirm your air conditioning energy savings. The larger the fan, the more air it moves and the stronger the breeze it creates. Smaller fans work well within around five feet. Larger models can work well up to ten feet away. If you prefer a quiet home, look for a fan with a low sone rating. A sone is the equivalent of that of a quiet refrigerator. Also a good way to know if a fan is a good energy saving model. It will have an energy star on the box. These models usually reduce energy costs by twenty percent.

Most fans have a switch on the housing that lets you change the direction the blades turn. For summertime cooling, set the blades to turn counterclockwise which is the default setting for most ceiling fans. During the winter months, a ceiling fan running in a counterclockwise direction will push more warm air from your heater or furnace. Running a ceiling fan in a room makes the temperature in the room four degrees cooler. This will eventually lead to your central unit running about seven hours a day instead of nine hours a day will save you about $34 a month on average. Having a ceiling fan in each of the rooms you use the most could potentially save you about $100 a month on your energy bill. One thing about using ceiling fans to reduce energy costs is that you must make sure you aren’t running all the ceiling fans in the house all at the same time. This will cause the house to heat up more and eventually cause your air conditioning unit to have to run more to make up for the cool air missing. Investing in an energy saving fan is a great way to reduce your overall air conditioning costs.

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