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Your biggest fan: Increase your ceiling fans, decrease your bill

By Mary on  September 16, 2017

It’s summertime in Northeast Ohio and, having already experienced temperatures in the 90s, we’ve all been doing our fair share of sweating and, of course, running the air conditioner.

Air conditioning can run up electric bills a fair amount during the hottest times of the year. One of the easiest ways to beat the heat and its effect on your wallet is to install high-efficiency ceiling fans.

Why fans are great

Adding high-efficiency ceiling fans wherever possible is great for a bunch of reasons. First of all, ceiling fans keep air from stratifying. Stratifying is when hotter air moves to the top of the room and cooler air to the bottom.

According to a study by the University of Nottingham, air stratification is one of the single biggest energy wasters today.

Secondly, fans keep the air moving, which improves evaporation and allows a body to feel cooler without running the AC at 72 degrees Fahrenheit.

Where and when to use them

Consider adding fans to rooms where you often feel the hottest like:

  • Living rooms—where many people may gather at one time.
  • Bedrooms—where you want to feel cozy under the covers without melting.
  • Kitchens—where running the stove or oven may cause the room to heat up even more.

Energy Star recommends running your ceiling fans counterclockwise in the summer. This will force air downward creating a pleasant wind chill effect even though the air isn’t actually changing temperature.

Remember to turn off your fans when you leave the room. As fans don’t actually cool the air but only make it feel cooler, they just waste energy if there aren’t people in the room to enjoy the breeze.

Visit our Home Sweet “Energy Saving” Home for more tips.


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