It’s a widespread belief that ceiling fans help keep a room cooler. Although it does give off a cold feeling, the truth is that a ceiling fan simply moves the air around the home.
Ceiling fans are commonly used with air conditioners to create a cooling effect, making them a popular home appliance. But there are other reasons ceiling fans benefit your home and your HVAC system.
Benefits of a Ceiling Fan
Creates a Cool Breeze
Have you ever felt a sudden cold breeze blowing outside on chilly winter days? Despite the breeze feeling cooler than usual, the temperature hasn’t budged. The same is true inside a room where the ceiling fan and the air conditioner run simultaneously. The air motion disperses heat from the body and evaporates sweat, increasing your sense of coolness. As a result, you may feel up to five degrees cooler than the temperature reading on the thermostat.
However, only people currently in the room appreciate the cool air produced by the ceiling fan. Since fans don’t cool the space, running a fan doesn’t make sense if no one is in the room.
Allows You to Comfortably Adjust the Thermostat
Since the room feels cooler when the ceiling fan runs, you can increase the thermostat by several degrees. In addition, you can set the thermostat to reduce the “on” cycle time of your AC’s compressor by ten percent.
Conversely, a fan helps keep a space warmer during the winter. On chilly days, warm air naturally rises. Running a ceiling fan pushes the air down, resulting in an even distribution of warm air throughout the room. As a result, you can lower the thermostat a few degrees without sacrificing comfort.
When properly used, fans can enhance the room temperature while allowing you to reduce your energy consumption while also reducing your carbon footprint.
Lowers Utility Costs
You probably think running your ceiling fan and air conditioner simultaneously will increase your electricity consumption. However, this is only true if you keep your thermostat at the same setting. Raising the setting by as little as two degrees can reduce your utility bill by up to 10 percent. In Florida, the average monthly energy bill is $220, meaning you can save up to $22 per month.
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