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Why Is Using My Fan Important to My Energy Bill This Summer?

Living room with a ceiling fan

Here’s how running your ceiling fans can improve your energy efficiency.

You might be surprised to know the impact your ceiling fans can have on your home’s energy efficiency. And it might not make any sense at first glance – after all, running your ceiling fans requires more energy. So how could using even MORE electricity save you money on your electric bill?

The key lies inside your body. Humans can lower their body temperature through evaporative cooling. When you sweat, the moisture evaporates off your skin and cools you down. Running your ceiling fan makes the sweat evaporate from your skin faster, and it can make evaporation occur at higher temperatures.

When you can keep your thermostat at a higher temperature and still be cool, that’s where the real savings happen. Rather than cranking your AC way up on hot days, try setting it a couple degrees warmer and turn on the ceiling fan. See if you are still comfortable, and play with the settings to dial in the room’s comfort level.

Another quick tip for saving money this summer is to only run a ceiling fan when someone is in the room. Leaving all of the fans going all day when the whole family is gone won’t do anyone any good – except your power company.

If you haven’t used a ceiling fan in a while, it’s probably a good idea to clean the fan blades before switching it on. And if your air conditioner hasn’t been serviced in a few seasons, consider having an HVAC professional inspect and clean the unit. This is yet another great way to ensure your family stays cool and comfortable all summer. Click here to learn more about air conditioners and energy efficiency from the pros at Brummitt Heating and Cooling.