Want a cost effective way to keep your home cool this summer? Try switching your ceiling fans on when you use your A/C unit. It might sound somewhat counter productive, but believe it or not doing so can actually save you money. In order to find out why this is so effective we need to take a closer look at how ceiling fans actually function.
If we think about a cool winter’s day and then add into the equation a strong breeze then it always feels colder. That’s because the wind takes that already cold air and blows it directly over the surface of the skin. As it does it dispenses body heat and therefore evaporates any layer of warmth that we’ve already built up, giving the perception of it feeling cold. A ceiling fan works in exactly the same way in that it doesn’t cool the air down like an A/C unit but instead keeps the air moving. As it does so, that same air is circulated over and around the skin making us feel cooler. Therefore if you placed a thermometer in a warm room it might display a temperature of say 25 degrees Celsius, but it feels a few degrees cooler.
So how does this principle work in conjunction with an A/C unit?
When you switch on an A/C unit and a ceiling fan together, the fan takes that already cooler air and adapting the same principles as above, it circulates the air around the room and over the skin, making people in the room feel even cooler. The idea behind doing this is that you can turn your air conditioning down a few degrees and still get the same results.
This is all well and good, but the question remains, “If you’re running an A/C unit and a ceiling fan together, how is it going to save you money?” The answer is that the running costs of a ceiling fan are minimal (around 1 cent per hour to operate) when compared to 17 cents per hour for a standard A/C unit. Not only this it’s thought that if you can reduce the number of ‘on’ cycles (when the air conditioning is actually pumping out cold air) by just 10%, you’ll be saving yourself around $30 per month. In terms of keeping cool, as long as you have your ceiling fan running in conjunction, then turning down your A/C by a few degrees really won’t make a difference. However in terms of cold hard cash then that’s a different matter entirely!
If you’re considering installing ceiling fans to help keep your property cooler this summer and need a reliable electrical company to help you install them, then contact Static Electrics. We’ve been serving the residents and businesses of the Sunshine Coast for many years so why not contact us on 07 5445 8305 for a free, no obligation quote. We promise you’ll be pleasantly surprised at our competitive prices.