No other cooling system may beat air conditioners, but if you want to reduce your electricity bills, you may want to consider turning off the AC from time to time and use electric fans. The ceiling fan can be a great addition to your home if you need a supplemental source for cool air indoors. Ceiling fans come in different designs, too, so they can serve as additional decorative elements to any room. If you are concerned about how efficient they are in cooling you off, certain actions should help ensure their reliability and efficiency for you. Here are few tips that can help you save energy when using your ceiling fan and make sure that it can cool your room more efficiently:
- Adjust its direction to let the air blow and circulate more efficiently – Many ceiling fans can be adjusted to go clockwise or counterclockwise. In the summer, set it to rotate counterclockwise to make the air blow downward. Run it on high to create air movement in the heart of the room where you can feel most of the breeze to cool your skin. In winter, make it run clockwise to let warm air circulate in the room.
- Use it to distribute your AC system’s air more evenly – Raise the thermostat by a few numbers to lower energy consumption and let the ceiling fan do the rest. The fan will make the cool air circulate better while creating a breeze effect that can make the room feel cooler.
- Buying a ceiling fan? Check the blade angle – A blade angle that is less than 12 degrees is inefficient. You want the blades to push the air upward or downward, but if they are almost flat, they will be not be able to do that well, and they will only be as good as the wings of an airplane—cutting through air without pushing it. Hence, make sure the blades have at least a 12 to 14-degree angle. For general use, look for a ceiling fan with blades angled at 14 degrees or higher.