Whether or not ceiling fans can actually save you money on your electric bill has been a long-winded debate. While some claim they are magical energy-saving additions to your home, others tout that they are energy guzzlers that can actually increase the temperature in your home. So what’s the deal? Here we’ll debunk the energy myths, separate ceiling fan fact from fiction, and dish on how your fan can save you money.
Less Thermostat + More Fan
Ceiling fans and your thermostat should be best friends—best friends that work together to save you money on your energy bill. Generally, AC systems use far more money to operate than ceiling fans, and while your ceiling fan can’t replace your AC system, it can take the burden off of the appliance. In short, when your ceiling fan is on, you can set your thermostat a few degrees warmer which will use less energy. Just make sure to turn off ceiling fans when no one is in the room.Ceiling fans are a great addition to your home and can work harmoniously with your air conditioning system to cool your home—just make sure you turn the fans off when no one is in the room. Ceiling fans work to circulate air that has already been cooled by your AC, and only have an effect on the room they are located in—meaning, if the fan is on and no one’s home, you’re wasting money.
Utilize the Blades
The blades of your ceiling fans are more important than you may think and could be an integral part of lowering your electricity bill. To get the more blade for your buck, position the fan’s blade depending on the season. During the summer months, set the blades so they are spinning counterclockwise—or whatever direction makes you feel a breeze when you are standing beneath the fan. Additionally, run the fan on high. The high-speed setting coupled with the blade direction will provide the most air movement. Do the same for the cooler months, but set the fan on low and utilize the clockwise blade setting.
The Type of Fan Matters
If you want to use your ceiling fan in conjunction with your AC system to save on your electricity bills, the fan needs to be energy-efficient. Look for ceiling fans that house powerful, high performance motors to ensure they can efficiently circulate air. A general rule is that your fan should be strong enough that you can raise your thermostat 10 degrees and still be comfortable with the fan on.
Whether or not you utilize ceiling fans, you shouldn’t have to compromise feeling comfortable. If your air conditioning system is lagging or not making your home as comfortable as possible, contact the experienced team at Engineered Air. Our number one priority is your comfort which is why we quickly and efficiently tend to any of your AC needs. To learn more about Engineered Air, click here, or read more ways you can save money on your energy bill here.