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How Ceiling Fans Can Help You Improve Comfort and Cut Energy Costs

It’s a lesson about ceiling fans that’s guaranteed to give you goosebumps: Wait for a chilly night and sit below a ceiling fan turning at full speed. Then count the minutes (it may take only seconds) until you jump up and turn off the fan.

The lesson should serve to remind you of the literal wind chill factor that ceiling fans create. It’s an effect that will provide hundreds of hours of steady comfort during the summer while helping you reduce your energy costs.

How is this duality possible?

In the summer, ceiling fans set to rotate in a counterclockwise direction stir up ceiling air that helps to evaporate moisture from the skin, which makes you feel cooler. In fact, ceiling fans set to “medium” or “high” can make an 80-degree room feel more like 73 or 74 degrees. Ceiling fans do not actually lower a room’s temperature; it only feels that way because of the artificial breeze they create.

Take full advantage of this coolness factor by raising your thermostat and, in turn, cutting your energy costs. In fact, the U.S. Department of Energy estimates that for every 1 degree you can raise your thermostat, you can save between 2 and 4 percent on your energy bill. That’s significant by itself; it’s even more impressive when you consider that most energy efficient ceiling fans run for only pennies a day.

Naturally, larger ceiling fans create a bigger chill wind chill factor than smaller fans. But this doesn’t mean that large fans are ideal for every room. Ceiling fans should be sized correctly so that 36- to 44-inch fans are hung in rooms of about 225 square feet and 52-inch fans are hung in larger areas. Ceiling fans of any size should be reserved for rooms with ceilings at least 8 feet high.

These are details you might wish to leave in the capable hands of HVAC Unlimited. Call us to schedule an appointment today and we’ll help you select the right ceiling fans for your home so you can start stirring up your own indoor wind chill factor tomorrow.

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