Ceiling Fan Hacks To Save Energy (And Money)
We can’t deny that ceiling fans are a great addition to your home. Aside from the added appeal as it comes in different styles and sizes, a ceiling fan can also help in reducing the workload of your air conditioning unit. If you are using them this summer, you are on the right track towards your money-saving goals.
Take advantage of the benefits of your ceiling fans in the summer season! Here are simple yet effective hacks for you to try:
Hack #1: Adjust the direction of the ceiling fan to counterclockwise
Fans have a clockwise and counterclockwise setting, which you can use for different seasons. For most models, counterclockwise is the direction that fit the summer season as it blows down the air directly. This helps in creating an air movement in the center of your home, making you feel the ‘breeze’ effect that cools your skin.
The rotation of the fan varies on the alignment of the blades. So if you’re not sure if a counterclockwise direction is truly for the summer, you can stand beneath the fan and turn it on. If you feel the breeze, then you’re on the right setting.
Hack #2: Set your home’s temperature higher
Ceiling fans don’t cool the air; rather, they help in circulating the cold air that your air conditioning unit creates. The breeze effect that it provides helps you feel cooler and more comfortable inside your home. Thus, you can raise the temperature on your thermostat by a few degrees and reduce the load of your A/C.
Ceiling fans alone will not help you feel comfortable in the long summer months. So be sure to use it along with your air conditioning unit. Just make sure to turn it off when you’re leaving for work or vacation. A/C systems can be controlled through programmable thermostats, but ceiling fans do not offer the same case. You will need to turn it off yourself, so be sure to include it in your daily routines.
Hack #3: Size matters
There’s no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to your ceiling fans, just like your air conditioning units. While standard fans can cover an average-sized bedroom, larger areas like the kitchen and living room will need a much bigger size to provide the right comfort.
Additionally, if you’re ceiling fan is primarily for function, not fashion, you need to have a blade angle of at least 12 degrees. Less than this means your fan is there for a decorative function only, as you won’t get much of a breeze from it.
Help your HVAC work efficiently for your home with a ceiling fan installed. Do you find this blog helpful? Share it with your friends and enjoy great comfort and savings in the long summer months!