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Hot idea for cooling your home

Use ceiling fans to reduce your heating costs by hundreds of dollars

Hot steaming weather has finally arrived!.

Like many, you may be thinking about testing your air conditioner to make sure it’s ready to help you ‘chillax’ in the hot weather. With energy costs skyrocketing, you may also want to consider a lower cost, old fashioned solution: ceiling fans.

By having a ceiling fan circulate in the counter-clockwise direction it will blow air down to create a gentle cooling breeze. Not only do many fans help beautify any room, they use a fraction of the electricity of a central AC system.

For example, a 42” ceiling fan on high will use 15 to 95 watts per hour, while a central AC system will use 3,500 watts-per hour of continuous use.

Spring is officially here and warmer if not steaming hot weather is just around the corner.

Like many, you may be thinking about testing your air conditioner to make sure it’s ready to help you ‘chillax’ in the hot weather. With energy costs skyrocketing, you may also want to consider a lower cost, old fashioned solution: ceiling fans.

By having a ceiling fan circulate in the counter-clockwise direction it will blow air down to create a gentle cooling breeze. Not only do many fans help beautify any room, they use a fraction of the electricity of a central AC system.

For example, a 42” ceiling fan on high will use 15 to 95 watts per hour, while a central AC system will use 3,500 watts-per hour of continuous use.

 Fans don’t cool the air

Something to remember is this: fans don’t actually cool the air at all. They simply create air movement that accelerates evaporation of any moisture on your skin which makes you feel cooler. That’s why a fan can make the room seem much cooler, even though the actual room temperature is exactly the same as it would be without a fan.

The important distinction to be made is this: fans don’t cool the room temperature, they cool people. This is also why you shouldn’t leave a ceiling fan running in a room where there are no people. If there are no people to cool, the fan should be off.

Fans can also reduce heating costs in the winter

Most fans come with a switch that enables you to reverse the direction of the fan. For winter use, reverse the motor and create a low speed in the clockwise direction. This results in a gentle updraft that forces hotter air that has risen to the ceiling down. By distributing the warmer air, don’t need to rely on your forced air furnace to evenly heat the room temperature from floor to ceiling!

An all season energy saver

The bottom line is this: in the coming summer months, consider an energy efficient ceiling fan as a way to reduce your need for AC.

Set the fan to circulate in counter-clockwise direction from now until the end of summer. Then, take advantage of the very same fan to reduce your heating costs by setting flipping switch to rotate clockwise through the Fall and Winter months.

And save your money!