7 Do turn on the ceiling fans for circulation.
Circulating the air reduces your energy costs and allows you to turn your air conditioner up a few degrees. While it saves you a bit on your electric bill, it lets your ac run less too.
A ceiling fan circulates the air, creating a breeze effect, but it does not actually cool the air.
Airnowhvac.com answers the question, “Will running my ceiling fans while using my cooling system help to cool my house faster and keep it cooler so the system doesn’t run as frequent?” stating it is a misconception that ceiling fans cool the air. It actually only circulates the air, however, if you sit under a ceiling fan the air will feel cooler, thus creating the idea that it cools the room. If you feel cooler, then you can adjust the temperature on the thermostat thereby saving a few dollars on usage.
Angieslist.com says that according to the Department of Energy an AC costs about 36 cents per hour of operation and accounts for a ¼ of all home energy consumption. Compare that to the 1 penny it costs approximately to run a ceiling fan. Anyone can see that running a ceiling fan vs an air conditioner can indeed save you money, but keep in mind, a fan only circulates the air temperature in the room.
According to Energy.gov, “If you use air conditioning, a ceiling fan will allow you to raise the thermostat setting about 4°F with no reduction in comfort.” … If you turn on your ceiling fans, turn your air conditioner up 4 degrees to 80 degrees. The ceiling fan will keep you just as cool, at a reduced cost.”
Other tips to cool off the room are
• Be sure your ceiling fan fits the room, too small and it won’t circulate much of the air around you unless it is right over where you normally sit.
• Close your blinds and/or curtains during the hot afternoon hours, especially in the summer. In Florida, we don’t have to worry about seeking out the heat during the winter.
• Be sure that when you buy new fans, get the ones that have the ENERGY STAR label, according to Energy.gov fans with that label are 20% more efficient at moving the air around.
• Use different types of fans to add to the air circulation. I know in my office, it consistently stays a few degrees warmer than the rest of the house. A stand-alone fan strategically placed so it doesn’t blow all my papers around.
• Try an oscillating fan, you don’t get the air directly on you at all times, however, if you did turn your AC up a couple of degrees, you know that the fan will oscillate back to you before you get hot enough to want to turn the AC back down. I use one at night in the bedroom.
• If you have a hot spot, you could attach a wall mounted fan and draw air from a cooler area or blow the hot the other direction.
As we noted in previous tips, don’t rely on what different companies tell you to do. As with the statement above, here in Florida, we would probably not turn the temperature up to 80 degrees. Each climate zone has its own issues. Do the research and learn about what would affect the area where you live. Take all of the issues into consideration when working with the right temperature, humidity, saving energy, money and what may be right or wrong for your home when it comes to mold and mildew as well.