With August drawing towards a close you’re likely starting to look ahead to autumn, when the kids go back to school and the temperatures blessedly cool down. But in most parts of the country the heat and humidity are going to remain punishing for several months now, creating a true test for your home’s cooling systems. Even the most elaborate central air conditioning will be put through its paces, and although it will help you remain comfortable, the drain on your bank account will be anything but. Just when you’re about to retire your air conditioner for the year it’s going to be time to think about your heating system, and as you draw closer to the holidays those expenses could start pushing your monthly budget as well. You’ll need some sort of alternative, and installing ceiling fans is one likely answer. Here’s a quick look at how ceiling fans can reduce your heating and cooling costs.
First and foremost, they are incredibly affordable to install. Even the most high tech ceiling fan will be significantly less expensive than an air conditioning upgrade, especially if you can’t find a place for the more economical window units. And the installation is seriously simple. You can hire a handyman to come take care of every single room in an afternoon, but if you’re more of a DIY type you should have no problem dealing with the simple wiring required. It’s a very small up front investment, which could prove quite useful in the long run.
Now that you’ve got ceiling fans in the most frequently used rooms, how should you employ them? The answer is fairly simple. During the summer the key is finding a way to cool off without using your air conditioner all the time, and this is where the ceiling fans will prove invaluable. Just open your windows and turn those fans up high. They’ll circulate the cool air through your home, and move the warmer air that rises towards them out the windows. It’s an easy and surprisingly effective system. And even if you end up running your ceiling fans at all hours of the day and night you’ll still find them to be a much smaller drain on your home’s energy than an air conditioner. They won’t get your house quite as crisp as an A/C unit, but they’ll make things manageable and comfortable, while saving you a bundle in utility bills every single month.
Once the seasons turn you’ll start thinking about heating, and obviously leaving your windows open won’t work at that point. But ceiling fans will still be a realistic solution. The key here is efficiently moving the hot air around. Most central HVAC units funnel hot air out through vents located on the walls. Depending on when your home was built those vents may not be laid out in the most useful manner. They are often placed on walls that also must house your furniture, which creates something of a barrier working against the hot air. A ceiling fan becomes your primary tool in this case. They’ll drive that warm air away from the vents to circulate throughout each room. That means you’ll get a better heating effect without having to turn up the temperature at all. You’ll likely be able to get away with running your unit less each day, and still find a comfortable temperature balance. Have a professional come in and run a home energy evaluation if you’re not yet convinced. They’ll be more than happy to confirm the viability of this approach.