The number one myth surrounding ceiling fans is that they are a separate form of air cooling process that is in direct competition with your AC system. If you’ve ever heard someone tell you that running your AC and your fans is a waste of energy, then you know all about this misconception. But if fans don’t cool the air in your home, what do they do? And how can they help you save energy?
Mendez Air Conditioning & Heating is here to help all of our customers understand air regulation technology and how to properly use it for maximum energy savings – your wallet will thank you!
What Do Ceiling Fans Do?
Since we now know that ceiling fans in our homes do not physically cool the air as the AC system does, what is it they actually do? The purpose of fans comes from something called wind-chill technology. Do you remember as a kid when you got out of the pool and the air felt much colder than it should for summertime? That is wind-chill technology.
Fans in your home blow the existing air around the room causing a wind-like movement across your skin. Natural perspiration – especially during those warm months – cools when it comes into contact with that moving air and makes the air around you feel cooler than it is.
How Can Fans Save You Energy?
Fans and Air Conditioning Efficiency
Since fans make you feel like the air in your home is cooler than it actually is, they can be huge energy savers when paired with your AC system. Without fans, your AC system has to run and do all the work to lower your home to the desired temperature. In the middle of summer, this can mean a huge consumption of energy, and there’s no guarantee your AC unit can keep up against the sweltering heat.
However, with fans making you feel like the air is cooler, you can set your AC thermostat three or four degrees higher than you actually need it. For example, if you want your home to be at 75 degrees, set the thermostat at 79 degrees and turn on your fans. The added wind-chill effect will make your home feel like a cool 75 degrees without making your AC system struggle to lower the entire home to that temperature.
Be Strategic About When To Run Your Fans
In addition to causing a wind-chill effect on your skin, fans also play a huge role in the circulation of air in your room. ACs only control the delivery of air from a vent in a room, but fans can suck up and move air around once it is in the room.
In fact, some fans are able to turn clockwise and counterclockwise for the different seasons of the year. When your fan runs clockwise it is sucking the warm air that settles at the bottom of the room up to the top and replacing it with cooler air. When the direction is switched in the winter, your fan can push warm air down closer to where you are. This function helps regulate the air in your home, and you never even have to touch your thermostat!
Another energy-saving practice to keep in mind is peak hours. The hours between 3 and 9 pm are usually the hottest times of the day. Demanding your AC unit run at full capacity to cool your home during these times puts enormous stress on the unit as it struggles to meet the desired temperature. Instead, use the AC sparingly, set it to a higher temperature and fill in that gap with extra fans to create that wind-chill effect.
More Questions About Home Efficiency?
If you’re ready to take advantage of some of these AC efficiency practices, Mendez Air Conditioning & Heating supports you 100%. When you have AC, fan or other air care questions, count on our professional team to provide you with clear and friendly answers. For the best HVAC services, contact Mendez Air Conditioning & Heating!