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

Published on: August 30, 2012

Air conditioning is an important factor in household climate and personal comfort during warm weather. In some cases, your system plays a role in personal safety. This is especially true during heat waves and other summer extremes in temperature. One of the challenges, though, is keeping your home comfortable without putting a huge stress on the family budget. For optimizing financial, comfort and savings factors, using your ceiling fans in concert with your AC unit can provide excellent results.


From an economic perspective, running your air conditioning unit more will lead to greater expenses. Preparing for the heavy times of demand requires that you be proactive by having springtime AC maintenance performed in order to assess the condition of your system. You should also have your unit assessed as the warm weather ends so that you will be aware of any problems. End of summer AC maintenance may include protective measures so that winter conditions don’t lead to damage.


AC maintenance throughout the warm weather season can be preventive in nature through the use of ceiling fans. While your household cooling system causes cool air to circulate, the use of ceiling fans can assist the cool air in more effectively circulating. This is especially important if your thermostat is located in an area that has poor circulation. While some rooms may retain the cool air quite well, an area with poor circulation can stay substantially warmer. This leads to your unit running continuously until the warmer area reaches the temperature programmed into the thermostat. This uneven cooling can be quite costly and can leave areas of the home too cold or too warm.


In the same manner, if your thermostat is located in an area that cools well while other rooms remain warm, some parts of the home will remain uncomfortable in spite of the use of the system. Using your ceiling fans will lead to a more even distribution of cool air, allowing a uniform temperature to be maintained throughout your home. This avoids stressing your system through constant use and saves money by limiting the time your unit must run.


Timing of your fan use can lead to savings and better climate control as well. Turning your fans on when the house is already cool will allow you to prevent heat buildup in various parts of the home. For example, the South side of a home tends to warm up once the sun is up. Having your ceiling fans running before the sun is up will delay the heating of the rooms that receive direct sunlight in the early part of the day. Likewise, rooms affected later in the day should have fans running before the sunlight hits so that circulation is already occurring.


Use of fans during cool summer nights can help limit the need for evening air conditioning use. When the exterior temperature falls below that of your home, you will be able to use a ceiling fan to circulate cooler air throughout the night. Leaving windows and doors open so that cool air can come through screens is an excellent way of allowing this approach to household climate control to work effectively. On warmer evenings, of course, it’s important to leave doors and windows closed so that the home isn’t heated by exterior temperatures.


Effective use of your ceiling fans can allow greater comfort at slightly higher temperatures. This produces financial benefits in that the costs of running ceiling fans aren’t as high as those of running the air conditioning unit. This also reduces the amount of work the AC unit must perform, extending its life. The longer your unit lasts, after all, the better its value is over time. While many people think that they can’t live without ice cold AC during the summer, the reality is that with a little strategic planning, the extent to which the unit must work can be reduced. Some essential AC maintenance is obtained in the form of professional service. Additional maintenance takes place in the form of strategic system management within the home