As the days are starting to hot up many people are starting to look towards their air conditioning systems as their main weapon of defence against the heat during the long summer months. However rather than rely completely on good old air conditioning, how about using your ceiling fans as well? That might seem like a waste of money, but actually if you use them both effectively, it can save you a whole heap of cash.
The issue is that unlike air conditioning units ceiling fans aren’t designed to cool air. Instead they gently circulate or move existing air repeatedly over your skin, particularly the boundary layer which is where most of your body’s heat is stored. By doing so it gives the feeling of being cool even though the core air temperature remains the same.
Okay I hear you say…so what happens if the air temperature inside the house is really warm how does it work then? In truth it doesn’t and in most cases people are going to feel as if they’re still in a hot room except that the air is circulating rather than staying still. However, (and stay with me on this for a second) switch on your air conditioning unit alongside your ceiling fan and you’ll feel a lot cooler.
So why is this?
We’ve already mentioned that a ceiling fan has the capacity to make you feel cooler even though the air temperature remains the same right? Well by cooling down the core air temperature the ceiling fan will work its magic and make you feel even cooler. In fact research has shown that on average if a person uses a ceiling fan in conjunction with their A/C unit then they can set their thermostat around 4 degrees higher and still achieve the same results.
That’s all well and good but does it actually save you money?
In a word yes and here’s why. Anyone who owns an A/C unit knows how expensive they can be to run. However if you manage to turn up your thermostat by as little as four degrees it can slash as much as a third of your bill. But what about the added cost of running a ceiling fan? Let’s look at the maths.
Highly efficient modern ceiling fans cost around three tenths of just one cent to run. That’s around $0.0033 per hour. To put this into perspective, if you were to run your ceiling fan for 24 hours a day for the entire year the cost would be just $28.90. Whereas the average cost of an A/C unit might be around $175-$200 per month. Assuming that this is the case, by taking a third off this for turning your A/C down four degrees, you’ve just saved yourself around $60.00 per month. That’s a big saving in anyone’s book.
The next time you go to switch on your air conditioning, you might want to think about turning on your ceiling fan as well.
If you are thinking of installing ceiling fans or are looking to upgrade your existing ones then you’re going to need someone to fit them. At Static Electrics we’ve been servicing the residents and businesses of the Sunshine Coast for many years and have the skills and the experience to tackle a wide variety of electrical issues and installations. Why not give us a call on 07 5445 8305 for a free, no obligation quote. You might be pleasantly surprised!