Reduce Your A/C Usage — Turn on Ceiling Fans to Keep Wabash Valley Residents Cool

Reduce Your A/C Usage -- Turn on Ceiling Fans to Keep Wabash Valley Residents CoolCeiling fans, the high-tech cooling system of the 1920s, are still keeping folks comfortable and saving energy almost a century later. We all know a windy winter day feels colder than a calm one – even though the temperature on the thermometer isn’t any lower. This wind-chill effect, caused by air moving over your body, disperses body heat and increases the perception of coldness. That’s the benefit of ceiling fans creating a breeze in air-conditioned rooms: You can raise the air conditioner thermostat setting three or four degrees, yet still maintain a cool, comfortable feeling. Or on a mild day, you can dispense with the A/C altogether.

How do ceiling fans conserve energy and save money? For every degree you increase the air conditioner thermostat setting above 72 degrees, you save between one and three percent in energy costs. Since a standard 48-inch ceiling fan uses only as much electricity as a 75-watt light bulb, A/C energy savings more than offset the cost of running the fan, and put money back in your pocket every month in the form of lower utility bills.

In the “Summer” setting, a ceiling fan rotates counter-clockwise. Air is directed straight down at occupants of the room. The wide paddle blades allow ceiling fans to generate low-speed, high-volume air movement, producing a cooling effect without blowing papers around or disturbing occupants. Ceiling fans are sized to a specific room by blade-length, not motor speed. Fans with blade lengths up to 42 inches can cool rooms up to 150 square feet. Blade lengths up to 54 inches are available to accommodate rooms as large as 400 square feet.

Keep in mind that a room with a ceiling fan only feels cooler to humans and pets occupying the room. The actual air temperature is not lowered. Therefore, an operating ceiling fan won’t keep an unoccupied room cooler for the next person who walks in. The cooling effect is immediate when you turn the fan back on. For maximum energy savings, make sure you turn the fan off when you leave the room.

At Paitson Bros.
we keep homeowners in the Wabash Valley comfortable all summer long with A/C sales and service, and sound, trusted advice. Ask us about more benefits of using cooling fans to save energy and stay comfortable this summer.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Terre Haute, Indiana about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about ceiling fans and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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