Optimizing Your Energy Savings With Ceiling Fans

Posted On: September 09, 2013

Ceiling fans should be an essential part of any air conditioning strategy for your Hamel, Illinois area home. When they’re used correctly, you can enjoy considerable energy savings with ceiling fans.

Ceiling fans cost very little to operate but provide a big benefit when it comes to energy savings in your home. They create a wind-chill effect in a room, making the air feel several degrees cooler than it actually is. This can ease the workload on your air conditioner if you turn up the thermostat when a ceiling fan is operating in a room. That will save on monthly energy bills while reducing wear and tear on your A/C.

Understanding this principle will help you operate your device properly, and have the best opportunity to achieve energy savings with ceiling fans.

To achieve savings with ceiling fans, follow these rules:

  • When a ceiling fan is operating, turn up the thermostat for the air conditioning three or four degrees. With the fan providing a cooling effect, you won’t notice any reduction in comfort.
  • Turn off your A/C when the ceiling fan alone is enough to cool an area.
  • Tet your thermostat to a higher temperature and use the ceiling fan to manage the difference
  • Only use ceiling fan in rooms where people are present. There really is no point operating a ceiling fan in an empty room, since the cooling effect of a ceiling fan is instantaneous.

Choosing the right ceiling fan is also important. Opting for an Energy Star endorsed product will ensure your fan has met strict energy efficiency criteria set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Ceiling fans with the Energy Star seal of approval are over 50 percent more efficient than non-certified fans, offering significant potential savings over the fan’s lifetime.

To get your A/C system and ceiling fan working together as effectively as possible, you also need to look after the A/C itself. Regular servicing of your cooling system will help you generate energy savings with ceiling fans.Also make sure to clean your ceiling fan, as a duct-covered fan will vibrate and reduce energy efficiency.

Take the next step and contact us at Ernst Heating and Cooling. We’ve provided exceptional services for southwest Illinois, including Alton, Highland and Staunton, for over 60 years and can help you in your quest for energy efficiency.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Hamel, Alton, Glen Carbon, Highland, Greenville, and Troy, Illinois and surrounding areas 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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