It is a common misconception that ceiling fans help the room to be cooler. It indeed gives a cold feeling but the reality is it simply moves the air around your home. Ceiling fans are commonly used together with the air conditioner to have a cooler effect.
Indeed, homeowners utilize ceiling fans due to their better cooling experience. But there are other reasons why using ceiling fans at home is beneficial for your home and your HVAC service.
IT CREATES A COLD BREEZE
Do you ever experience a sudden cold breeze outside during winter days? The temperature on that day remains the same even though the breeze feels colder than usual. That also happens inside the room wherein the ceiling fans run together with the air conditioning unit. The air motion disperses body heat and evaporates perspiration which can lead to increased perception of coolness. Occupants may feel up to 5 degrees cooler than the actual temperature showing in the thermostat.
IT LETS YOU TURN UP THE THERMOSTAT
Since people in the room feel a lot colder when the ceiling fan’s on, homeowners can use this chance to increase the thermostat to several degrees. Setting the thermostat up can reduce the duration of “on” cycles of the AC unit’s compressor by ten percent. It lets you cut your energy consumption and decrease the household’s carbon footprint at the same time.
IT BRINGS DOWN THE UTILITY COST
You may probably think that running your air conditioning unit and ceiling fan at the same will lead to a spike in electricity. That may be true only if there’s no change in your thermostat setting. But, if you’ll raise your AC temperature setting by as much as two degrees, you can save up to 10 percent on your utility bill. In the U.S, the average household consumes a $115 monthly energy bill. Therefore, you can save $11 per month during the hot season.
DO CEILING FANS HELP TO KEEP THE ROOM WARM TOO?
When properly used, fans can enhance the room temperature – cool or warm. During cold days, warm air in the room naturally goes up. But with the help of ceiling fans, it pushes the air back to the ground resulting in an even distribution of warm air across the room. It will let you set back a few degrees on the thermostat settings without compromising your comfort.
SHOULD YOU RUN THE CEILING FAN WITH OR WITHOUT OCCUPANTS IN THE ROOM?
The air produced by the ceiling fans is only appreciated by the people occupying the room. So, it does not make sense to open ceiling fans without people since fans don’t cool or warm the space.
Ceiling fans are great home appliances that can support the comfort that HVAC service systems provide in your home. On the other hand, it gives a needed break that your HVAC system deserves and will lessen the chance of HVAC repair along the way.