Do Ceiling Fans Save You Any Money On Energy Bills? 

Sep 2, 2022 | AC, Blog, Ceiling Fan, Cool Air, Do's and Don'ts, Energy Costs, Energy Efficient, HVAC, LRF, LRF Maintenance, OH, Ohio

Prices continually increasing everywhere can be quite a budget buster. So, your LRF Maintenance, Heating & Cooling service professionals feel that saving money and being mindful of expenses is crucial. That’s an idea we enthusiastically support! When it comes to operating your home cooling system, energy consumption isn’t always the best partner for saving money on your energy bill. If you’re looking for ways to reduce your monthly expenses, then you may have considered using a ceiling fan. But do they truly help save money in the long run? Today, we’ll explore all the positives and negatives of utilizing ceiling fans so that you can make an informed decision!  

Will A Ceiling Fan Create Cold Air?     

Although many individuals believe that ceiling fans create cold air, this is not the case. Ceiling fans simply circulate existing air in a room. A ceiling fan provides a wind-chilling effect when the circulated air hits your skin, making it feel cool and revitalizing. So, as a result of the fan’s cooling effect, higher temperatures become more bearable. 

Will A Ceiling Fan Assist In Decreasing Energy Consumption?     

Ceiling fans do not produce cold air. Despite popular belief, ceiling fans do not have their own cooling mechanisms. As we learned above, ceiling fans work by drawing the existing air around a space and circulating it. Therefore, if you want to use your home’s ceiling fans to decrease energy consumption, you need to know how to strategically operate it. Using ceiling fans can help save money on your energy bill, but it is important to use them strategically. Additionally, remember that while they may lead to some savings on your next bill, the amount reflected in your energy savings may not be largely significant. 

What Are Some Ways To Optimize Ceiling Fans To Their Highest Potential?     

  1. Keep your thermostat at 5 degrees higher: If you want to use a ceiling fan and save energy, make sure your thermostat is set 5 degrees higher. However, if the room’s temperature is still comfortable for you, you may adjust it higher. Doing this will let your air conditioner work less, saving energy in the long run. Utilizing your ceiling fan in this manner is what can lead to energy savings. Additionally, since you’ll be in the same room as the ceiling fan, you can enjoy the cool breeze it produces without being noticeably uncomfortable due to the raised temperature. 
  1. Turn the fans off as you exit the room: Don’t waste money and energy by leaving ceiling fans on when no one is around to benefit from them. Fans are only beneficial if someone is present to feel the chill air, so unless someone is there, it’s just wasted power. 
  1. Switch the fan rotation as the season changes: Did you know that you can change the direction your ceiling fan turns? Yes, it’s true! Depending on the season, changing the rotation of your ceiling fan could make a difference. In the summer months, set your fans to turn counterclockwise so that warmer air will be directed upwards and circulated downwards. And in the wintertime, when it’s cooler, reverse the direction of your ceiling fan’s rotation! Doing this will result in hot air descending while cold air rises towards the top of your ceiling, keeping everyone comfortable. 

At last, we’ve given you all the information you need to understand ceiling fans! While they may help you save money on your electricity bills, remember that the savings might not be exceedingly large. But every little bit helps, as they say! If you want more ideas on how to save energy, our team at LRF Maintenance, Heating & Cooling is here to assist you! You can reach our service experts at (614) 837-4822, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here!