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Ceiling Fans and Your AC-Use Them Together for Maximum Benefit

Published on: August 16, 2012

With the extensive heat facing the nation today, you may be interested in keeping your home cool while conserving the earth’s resources. One way to help the performance of your air conditioning unit is by adding ceiling fans to your home.

Before green living became a common occurrence, people typically installed ceiling fans in their homes for greater room comfort. With a ceiling fan, you can control your home’s temperatures while using a small amount of energy. In fact, ceiling fans use about the same amount of power as a 100-watt light bulb. Our air conditioning service professionals can assist you with your ceiling fan installation.

 

How a Ceiling Fan Lowers Your Utility Bills

During the summer months, the spinning action of your ceiling fan’s blades will cause a downdraft that shifts cool air throughout the room. When the cold winter months arrive, a fan will create an updraft of air, which will dispense your home’s warm air evenly throughout the room by using a method called heat reclamation.

In addition to generating warm and cool air evenly, today’s ceiling fans have more energy efficient features. Keep in mind that when you use a ceiling fan and air conditioning unit together, you’ll ensure comfortable temperatures in your home while reducing your utility expenses. With the appliance combination, you should increase the temperature of your air conditioning unit by three degrees, which will reduce the workload of your HVAC system. Our air conditioning service team will guide you toward a fan with the best energy savings.

 

Buying the Right Sized Ceiling Fan

When you contact our air conditioning service team, we’ll measure each room in which you’ll be placing a fan. Our staff will also calculate the height of your ceiling to determine the mounting hardware each room needs. When you install a ceiling fan, the appliance should be 7-feet from the floor. By using the 7-foot rule, taller family members and friends will avoid hitting your fan.

We will also take into account the angle of your ceilings as vaulted or slanted ceilings will require a specific mount. If you have level ceilings, then we’ll use one of three mounts, which include extended, flush and standard.

When you select a standard mount, you’ll have the most popular and simplest base for your ceiling fan. The standard mount features a 3 to 5-inch down section that stretches from your ceiling to the fan’s support base. The standard mount is best for ceilings that are 8-feet tall.

If you have a ceiling that’s lower than 8-feet, such as a room in your basement, then you’ll want a flush mount, which will situate your fan closer to the ceiling. A flush base will also work well for fans with lighting attached to the bottom section. When you add a flush mounted fan, you will have a device that is not Energy Star rated as the appliance’s closeness to the ceiling prevents it from circulating air. However, it will still help your air conditioning system cool your home since it creates comfortable room temperatures.

With tall ceilings, you should buy an extended mount base for your ceiling fan. By investing in extended mount equipment, you’ll have a system that will pull air away from your ceiling. When our air conditioning service team installs your new ceiling fan, we’ll make sure it is in the center of the room and 18 inches from the closest wall.

 

Ceiling Fans and Humidity

Several of the rooms in your home will create moisture such as bathrooms and laundry rooms. With these rooms, you may consider installing a fan with a design function that can withstand wet conditions. You’ll see a damp rating listed on a moisture resistant fan.

If you’d like a ceiling fan installed in an outdoor area such as a patio or a porch, then you should purchase a device with a damp rating. You’ll feel safe installing the fan as it will receive testing for fire, mechanical malfunctions and electrical shock.

When you install a ceiling fan in a wet area, be sure to review the device’s blade durability. Dampness can cause your blades to warp, peel or bubble. To avoid blade damage, you should check your fan for blade sealing. Manufacturers even add protective coating for metal fans. When you contact our air conditioning company for fan installation, we’ll make sure you have the right fan for the room or area of installation.

 

Convenient Access to Your Ceiling Fan

You may remember ceiling fan pull chains from your youth, but today’s fans typically run with a remote control. When you select your ceiling fan, avoid pull chains as they wear out. You can choose a wall-mounted control or wireless device.

With installation help from our air conditioning service staff, you’ll have a ceiling fan that will control the temperature of your home while working in tandem with your AC unit to improve energy efficiency.