If you have ceiling fans in your house, we’re going to make sure that all your ceiling fans are set and blowing in the correct direction.
Check Ceiling Fans
Using fans in conjunction with your air conditioner can save you a tremendous amount of energy costs. A fan can make the temperature in a room seem cooler as much as 10 degrees. This means that you don’t have to work your air conditioner as hard. If you don’t have any ceiling fans, consider purchasing some. Starting at about $25, they can be found at most home improvement stores.
Most ceiling fans are reversible. This means they can blow air up or down. For the summer, you want to make sure that your fans are blowing the air down. This is important because if your fan is blowing air upward, it can actually heat up the room instead of cooling it because warm air that collects near the ceiling is bounced back down towards the living area.
The first step is to test your fans and make sure they are all blowing downward. To test, turn on your fan and stand directly under it looking up. In most cases, a counter-clockwise rotation will blow the air down while a clockwise rotation will lift the air up.
If you still are unsure, turn the fan on full-speed while standing directly below it. When you can feel a strong breeze hitting you, then the air is blowing down. If you can’t feel anything, then it is blowing upward and you’ll need to change the rotation direction.
Most fans have a switch to change the fan’s direction. The direction switch is usually found on the side of the fan between the light and the fan blades. Make sure the fan is turned completely off and not spinning before you flip the switch or you can damage the motor.
Using your fans in conjunction with your air conditioner can save you as much as $50 off your energy bill.