If this warm weather we’ve had lately is any indication of how summer will be, we’re in for some real heat! During months of extreme weather, utility bills often increase. If you’re looking for a way to decrease the cost of cooling your home, you’re in luck! Check out our tips to save with ceiling fans!
Switch It Up
Have you switched the direction of your ceiling fan for the season yet? If not, you should! In the spring and summer, ceiling fan blades should rotate in a counterclockwise or “forward” direction to create cool downward airflow. In the winter and fall, blades should rotate in a clockwise or “reverse” direction to redistribute warm air, which naturally rises to the top of the ceiling.
Did you know that ceiling fans are the most effective type of air circulators? In addition to circulating, ceiling fans assist in cooling your body down by evaporating moisture from your skin quickly and effectively. When you pair a ceiling fan with your air conditioning, you can actually bump up the thermostat 3-5° without feeling a difference. Which brings us to our next tip…
Bump It Up
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, bumping up your thermostat 7-10° for eight hours each day can help you save up to 10% on your utility bills annually. If turning up the thermostat doesn’t sound appealing, don’t worry! You can bump up your thermostat and not even notice a difference if your ceiling fan is operating efficiently!
(Tip: Another way to save on energy bills this time of year is to have a programmable thermostat. Contact Bosworth today to get yours!)
It’s important to remember that the size of the fan should correspond with the size of the room you want to cool. Sounds logical, right? Smaller blades don’t circulate as much air and produce less cool air than longer blades. It is recommended to let the size of a room be your guide. Keep these size guidelines in mind:
36-44 inch diameter are suited for rooms up to 225 square feet, or 15-by-15 feet.
52 inch diameter or bigger work best in larger rooms.
We’re Here When You Need Us
Remember that the team at Bosworth is available to help you restore comfort to your home and find ways to save on your utility bills, from energy efficient equipment to programmable thermostats. We’re here when you need us! Schedule service online today!