When it is way too hot to get anything done, it’s tempting to switch on the air conditioner and let it run all day. But since a typical air conditioner consumes at least 3,500 watts, it’s not an option for homeowners who are conscious about their energy bills. On the other hand, ceiling fans are the more economical option.
It’s no secret that ceiling fans are the cheaper option. Unlike A/C units, the average ceiling fan only uses a few watts — even when set on high. Even if it’s on for hours, it doesn’t strain your budget. But did you know that you can still save more with this budget-friendly alternative?
Everything Should be Off
If you’re going out for the day, Aeratron, a ceiling fan provider, recommends turning off all your fans (and appliances, as well). Since fans do not come with programmable thermostats, you’ll have to turn them on and off by yourself.
While it seems too simple, your wallet will thank you for it. If you worry about forgetting, include turning the fans off as part of your daily routine. Come up with a small system: turn off the lights, lock the doors, and don’t forget the fans.
Adjusting the Direction Helps
The blistering heat during the summer calls for some extra cooling. The A/C seems like the best choice, but your fan offers the same comfort. Get this done with some adjusting.
Most fans have two settings: clockwise and counterclockwise, each appropriate for different seasons. Some homeowners experience confusion with these: which setting should they use during what season? Luckily, you can easily determine your fan’s direction for the summer.
Stand under your fan and turn it on. If you feel a direct breeze, it’s on your “summer” setting, which is usually counterclockwise. Also, make sure your fans run on high with the air blowing down below. This encourages better air movement.
Running Low During Winter
During the winter, your fan should run the opposite direction. Blades running in a clockwise direction pull the air up in the center of the room while pushing air near the edges. This encourages a good mix of warm and cool air in the room. To keep you cozy, stand near the walls of your room for a gentle breeze.
Why turn on the A/C when your fan is here? Get the most out of your budget by using your ceiling fan — the right way.