Can You Use Ceiling Fans to Reduce Cooling Costs?

Did you know you can save money while remaining cool and comfortable? With the use of ceiling fans, you can stay comfortable and keep your money.

Selecting the Right Fan

The size of the ceiling fan makes a difference in how well it works in a space. The larger the fan, the more air it will move. For a room between 200 and 250 square feet, the fan should between 36 and 44 inches in diameter. Fans with a 52-inch diameter are better in larger rooms. For rooms longer than 18 feet in length, multiple fans are the better option.

When selecting a fan, always look for the Energy Star label. That will give you a more energy-efficient fan.

Installing the Fan

The ceiling fan’s placement is critical. It needs to be installed 7 to 9 feet above the floor. It also needs to be between 10 and 12 inches from the ceiling. The blades need to be at least 18 inches away from the walls for maximum air movement.

For safety, the fan needs to be installed on a ceiling rafter with a UL-rated electric box.

Maximizing Energy Savings

  • A ceiling fan does not cool a room. It makes the people inside the room feel cooler by moving air across the skin. So, when no one is in the room, turn off the fan. Otherwise, you are wasting energy.
  • Turn on the ceiling fan and turn up the thermostat in the summer. A ceiling fan makes a room feel cooler to the room’s occupants. You can increase your A/C thermostat three or four degrees in the summer when using ceiling fans.

If you use ceiling fans to reduce cooling costs, you will have lower energy bills. Contact us at HVAC & Plumbing Unlimited Heating & Air Conditioning for more ways to reduce your energy costs.