Feb 3, 2012
It’s getting a bit warm outside and that means it’s time to make sure your home’s cooling system is up to the task of keeping you comfortable this summer. As you’re preparing your home for the heat of summer, don’t forget to set ceiling fan direction appropriately.
In warm weather, ceiling fans work best when spinning in a counterclockwise direction. Remember, fans don’t cool the air; rather, they give the feeling of cooling the air thanks to the wind chill effect, which helps the moisture on the skin evaporate faster. For this reason, it’s important to turn fans off in empty rooms so you’re not wasting energy dollars.
For maximum benefit, be sure that every room in your house has a ceiling fan. This is especially true if you have vaulted ceilings where large pockets of warm air can accumulate, or if you have rooms with lots of windows, as these are prone to high heat gain that can quickly negate the benefits of operating your air conditioning system.
When outdoor temperatures cool off in the fall and winter, simply change the direction of the fan. During these seasons, fans should spin in a clockwise direction to help pull the air up and out, displacing warm air collecting near the ceiling. Again, this won’t warm up the room, but it will circulate and redistribute the air to create an even temperature.
In all seasons, ceiling fans help reduce the strain on your HVAC system and help keep your home comfortable without causing utility bills to skyrocket.
Learn more about ceiling fan direction and JD A/C’s other cooling solutions, or give us a call at (903) 759-7483 to schedule an appointment for your Longview home.
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