With the prices of everything on the rise, homeowners looking for a way to help cool their houses without running up the utility bills may consider installing ceiling fans to help redistribute cool air throughout their homes.
The Brooklyn air conditioning experts at Petri Plumbing & Heating want to help you save money and energy by providing some tips on using ceiling fans to help cool your home this summer.
Ceiling fans, in and of themselves, do not lower the temperature in your home, but they can be used as boosters to your existing air conditioning system if you want to lower your energy costs without sweating out during the warmer months.
In fact, ENERGY STAR reports that running your ceiling fan and raising your thermostat by only two degrees can lower your utility bills by 14%. But they are not efficient if you aren’t in the room, so always turn them off if you plan to leave the room for long periods of time.
Read on for some tips on using your ceiling fans to stay cool this summer, or give our HVAC experts a call now!
Remember that a ceiling fan’s main job is to circulate air. Considering that hot air rises, a ceiling fan can help displace hot air in the room and keep the cool air from your air conditioning unit circulating. If you have an older home with poorly designed ductwork, oddly placed windows or free-standing air conditioning units, a ceiling fan can also work to distribute air more evenly throughout your house.
Ceiling fans can also assist your air conditioning system in reducing humidity in the home. Humidity can certainly make a house feel hotter than it is, but circulating air can help to evaporate any moisture in the air. While it won’t remove the moisture like an AC system, it can help your system get rid of humidity more quickly.
Ceiling fans can be noisy, especially if they are older and not well kept. They are also hard to clean. While you can buy dusters with extension arms, knocking off the collected debris from the blades can end up all over your face, hair and clothes.
Finally, they will not improve your indoor air quality (IAQ), and if they aren’t clean, they may even make your IAQ worse.
The best thing to consider is the efficiency of your core AC unit. If your system is old, needs maintenance or if you don’t have a central AC system, it may be time to repair your existing unit or install a new one. If Petri Plumbing & Heating can help you make that determination, give us a call at (718) 748-1254 to talk to us about your air conditioning needs.