How to Use Ceiling Fans Year-Round for Better Home Comfort

Ceiling fans not only keep you more comfortable in every season but improve cooling and heating system efficiency, too. The ductwork in your central HVAC systems works like a respiratory system, exhaling conditioned air into your living spaces and inhaling stale household air. Fans enhance air circulation, allowing your heater and air conditioner to work more efficiently. You can save money using fans and enjoy better year-round comfort as well. Here’s how to maximize the benefits of ceiling fans.

Moving Air in the Right Direction

In the summer, set your fan to spin in a counterclockwise direction so that the air will blow downward. Fans help you keep cool in hot weather by increasing the amount of moisture that’s evaporated from your skin. Because improved air circulation helps return air to your cooling system where it’s dehumidified as well as cooled, your entire home will feel more comfortable as well.

During the winter, reverse the fan’s direction to spin clockwise on a low speed setting. Warm air rises and collects under your home’s ceiling, so aiming the fan to blow air upwards forces the warmed air back down into the living areas of your home.

How Much Can You Save?

Remember to adjust the temperature setting on your thermostat when using fans, and you’ll enjoy lower heating and cooling costs. In the summer, you can raise the temperature setting by five degrees with no loss of comfort. For each degree that you raise the setting over an eight-hour period, you’ll save approximately three percent on your cooling costs.

It’s also important to remember that fans cool people, not rooms. Connecting them to a motion-detector switch is an easy and affordable way to optimize their benefits. The fan will automatically cycle on when you enter the room and turn off when the room is empty. Although ceiling fans cost only pennies an hour to operate, choosing an Energy Star qualified model lets you save even more. Fans sporting the Energy Star label are more than 50 percent more efficient than standard models.

For more than 23 years, the experts at WA Air conditioning have provided products and services that help homeowners in the Riverside, TX, region stay comfortable in every season of the year. Whether you’re looking for cooling tips to optimize your air conditioner’s performance or for a heat recovery ventilator that works in tandem with your heater, WA Air Conditioning is your source for quality home comfort solutions.


September 16, 2013 5:28 pm