Ceiling Fans Make Your Comfort A Priority
Your air-conditioning equipment is very important for providing cooler air for your home during the hottest times of the year. However, by moving that cooled air around using ceiling fans, you will feel even cooler. When compared to other circulating fans, ceiling fans are considered the most effective at cooling an entire room because a draft can be felt no matter where you are in the room.
By adding ceiling fans to your home, you can effectively raise the temperature on your thermostat by four degrees Fahrenheit in the summer without feeling any change in comfort, which affords you energy savings. Since it takes far less electricity to power a fan than it does to power an air conditioner, you will see significant savings on your energy bill: with the ceiling fan on and your thermostat set to 78 degrees Fahrenheit, the airflow from the fan will make the room feel like it is only 74 degrees. In fact, on moderate days, you can avoid the use of your air conditioner altogether.
To make sure you save the most electricity possible, be sure to turn off the fan when you leave the room. The fan isn’t actually cooling the room, it’s simply moving the air around to create a wind-chill effect for the occupants to enjoy.
Fans work at their highest potential if you set them at least seven to nine feet above the finished floor, and ten to 12 inches from the ceiling. The fan should be centered in the room and should remain at least 18 inches away from the walls. Larger blades can provide an excellent cooling effect at a lower spinning rate. Therefore, if you have an office or other area with loose papers, you will avoid a disruption of your workspace if you choose a larger fan and keep it at a low setting.
When shopping for ceiling fans, check for low noise ratings and high energy efficiency. Choose a fan that will compliment the aesthetics of the room, and see if you can listen to the fan in action before you buy it.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Wilmington, Delaware and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC & plumbing systems). If energy savings without decreased comfort is something that interests you, contact Sobieski Services to get started today.