Ceiling fans are beneficial to your home year-round. Not only do they keep it cool during the summer, they actually help disperse heat in the winter months. Additionally, they are a great way to conserve energy. Did you know, most ceiling fans only use about as much power as a 100-watt light bulb. So leaving the fan on instead of turning the AC down or the heat up can save you money on energy bills.
While they don’t lower the temperature in a room like your AC does, ceiling fans help make the room feel cooler by circulating air. During the summer months, run your ceiling fan counter-clockwise for the greatest energy savings. If the temperature outside isn’t too warm, open the window, turn on the fan and reduce your electric bill!
During the winter months, running your ceiling fan clockwise will yield the greatest benefit. Regardless of the season, warm air always rises toward the ceiling. Ceiling fans push this warm air up against the ceiling and down the walls, which recirculates warm air through a room without causing a cold breeze.
In order to achieve optimum efficiency with ceiling fans, it is recommended you purchase an Energy Star fan. These fans circulate an average of 15 percent more air than standard fans and are 60 percent more energy-efficient than a 150-watt light bulb.
In the warm summer months, sometimes you simply can’t avoid turning on the AC for relief. If your system needs servicing, repairs or you need a new system, contact the Northern Virginia air conditioning experts at Eastern Tech today.