Ceiling Fans and Your AC & Use them Together for Maximum Benefit

Published on: July 25, 2012

Contrary to popular belief, when you get your brand-new AC system, it is not a substitute for the ceiling fans that are already in your home. For maximum indoor air quality, your AC system and your ceiling fans should actually be used in tandem.

Many people do not understand the physics of air-conditioning and thus do not understand how a ceiling fan, which simply rotates air without conditioning it, can actually help an AC system to create better indoor air quality inside of a living space. Not only that, but using ceiling fans along with a new AC system will also save a great deal of money for homeowners on a budget.

In order to create this type of super efficient environment inside of a living space, there are a few things that you should consider. Below are the ways in which you can use your ceiling fans in tandem with your AC system to create a better indoor air quality for yourself.


Understanding What Ceiling Fans Are Good For

Although ceiling fans do not condition the air that they move, they do help to circulate air and create a more efficient wind chill factor within a living space.

This means that those fans may not change the actual temperature inside of her room, it can change your perception of the temperature inside the room. Coupled with an air-conditioning system working at maximum efficiency, this can create the effect of a more efficient A/C unit.

As you will not need as much power from the air-conditioning system to create the same psychological windchill effect on yourself, you will be able to save energy and thus money on your heating and cooling bills at the end of every month.


When to Use Your Ceiling Fans

Because your ceiling fans still use energy that you have to pay for, you cannot simply run then indiscriminately. Because they use less energy than your air conditioner under any circumstances, they should always be run simultaneously with the air-conditioner when you are in the house.

However, you should not run your ceiling fans indiscriminately when you are going to be out of the house for a long period of time. This does not do anything to increase your indoor air quality; it only serves to increase your heating and cooling bill at the end of the month.

Also, for maximum indoor air quality, make sure that your ceiling fans are turned to push air downward during the summer months and upward during the winter months. This is using the physics of heat to save even more energy for yourself during the most volatile weather seasons.