If you are looking for ways to save money on cooling costs, you are not alone. Many homeowners struggle to find a balance between staying cool and comfortable indoors during the summer and keeping their energy bills at a reasonable amount. You may have heard that using ceiling fans can save you money on cooling costs, and you may be wondering if there is truth to this. Here are a few points to consider:
Energy Consumption of Ceiling Fans Versus AC Systems
When you compare the energy costs associated with running a few ceiling fans in your home versus running your air conditioning system, almost all homeowners will determine that ceiling fans use significantly less energy. However, simply turning on a ceiling fan will not necessarily have a major impact in cooling costs, and there is more to consider before you can truly take advantage of what ceiling fans have to offer.
What Ceiling Fans Actually Do
Ceiling fans circulate the air throughout the room, and this has two main benefits. First, it can make you feel cooler in the room than you otherwise would if the AC was the only source of cooled air. Second, it can help the AC unit function more efficiently by distributing the cooled air from the AC system throughout the room. However, ceiling fans cool people, not rooms. If you leave a room, turn the ceiling fan off, otherwise you will negate any potential cost savings.
The Need to Adjust the Thermostat
Essentially, when you simply turn on a ceiling fan without making an adjustment to the thermostat, you may only notice your AC system turning on slightly less frequently, but you will also have the added energy use from the ceiling fan. For the best results, it is best to make an upward adjustment to the thermostat while running the ceiling fans. Because the air movement in the room can make you feel cooler when the AC unit is not running, you may not notice a difference in the temperature in the room.
Contact Mister Sparky for Electrical Installations
Ceiling fans are known for helping AC units to function more efficiently and for making your home cooler. If you are ready to install ceiling fans in your home, you can reach out to Mister Sparky® of Clearwater for fast professional installation.