With summer in the South Bay comes the revival of the air conditioner, and you may also switch on your ceiling fan to help control the temperature of your home or business during the sunny seasons. When you do this, you expect a ceiling fan to spin counter-clockwise. Due to the direction of the slant of the blades, a downdraft effect will be created, as air blows downward. This is basically a wind chill factor for the home. A faster fan speed will up the wind chill by blowing a stronger wind.
You might not know that it’s a good idea to use your ceiling fan in the winter, as well. If your rooms needs a little more warmth, you should turn on your fan. The major difference is that you’ll want the blades to be spinning clockwise. As you might have imagined, a fan spinning this direction will create an updraft effect, as opposed to the cooling downdraft. Hot air rises, and that heat can collect nearer the ceiling. When you create the updraft effect, that warmth will be moved around and distributed around the room. Keep your fan on the lowest setting to effectively move the air, without using a lot of electricity.
Saving Energy on your Ceiling Fan Use
Wind chill has no effect on objects – at least not ones that are already at room temperature. Because of this, a fan doesn’t actually cool a room, it can only make a person feel cooler by speeding the rate of heat loss from the body. This happens because the air around your skin is heated through convection of your own body heat. A fan blows air the displaces that warmed air, constantly refreshing the air that surrounds your body. Because of this, it is pointless and unwise to leave a ceiling fan running when no one’s in the room.
If your fan is working and you’re feeling cooled, this presents a great opportunity to temper your use of the thermostat. No need to have your AC turned all the way up – and the temperature all the way down – if your ceiling fan is getting the job done. If you don’t moderate the use of the air conditioner to work in tandem with your fan, you’ll end up using more energy without improved net results.
If you’re looking for other great ways to improve energy efficiency in in your home, from AC units to solar panel systems, get in touch with the experts at Climate Fresh HVAC today.