Comfort Scoring Low Lately? Using Ceiling Fans Can Increase It
Here in steamy Florida, we spend a lot of money on air conditioning. The addition of circulating fans can significantly reduce that expense by making your rooms seem several degrees cooler than they really are (it’s called the wind-chill factor).
Ceiling fans are the most effective type of circulating fan — they create a draft throughout the entire room. Sometimes you can even turn off your A/C and use a ceiling fan in combination with one or more open windows to cool the room.
You should install a ceiling fan in each room you’re looking to cool, and, when shopping, keep an eye out for fans certified by the Energy Star program. Those have been proven to work most efficiently.
A few other things to consider when adding ceiling fans to your home.
- They should only go in rooms with ceilings at least 8 feet high, and, if possible, each fan should be anchored to a joist.
- Blades should be at least 8 inches from the ceiling and at least 18 inches from the wall.
- Ceiling fans work most effectively when the blades are circulating 7 feet to 9 feet above the floor.
- The bigger the fan, the more air it can move. But a huge fan in a small room can be overpowering.
- If you have the opportunity, listen to a ceiling fan as it’s running before buying it. Some of the cheaper models can be noisy (not to mention inefficient).
It’s going to be a long summer in the Tampa Bay area. For more tips on staying cool and comfortable, please contact “the Coolest Guys” at Simpson Air.
Simpson Air – The Coolest Guys in Town! services the Tampa Bay Area of Florida.
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