One of our goals as professional Cambridge, MA electricians is to answer any questions you might have about your electrical system, and also provide you with tips and advice that can help you save money and feel more comfortable in your home. Today, we’d like to do just that by giving you a little wisdom about ceiling fans.
Ceiling fans help improve the efficiency of your HVAC systems—not just your air conditioner, but your forced-air heater too! This can help keep you warmer in the winter and help to save you money as well. Read on to discover how a ceiling fan improves both summertime comfort and winter comfort—and if you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team.
How Does a Ceiling Fan Help Improve HVAC Efficiency?
Let’s start by talking about the ceiling fan application that most people are familiar with—it’s ability to help cool you off in the summer. It’s not the fan alone that’s keeping you cool, first off. There are a number of components that work together within your air conditioner to bring the temperature down in your home.
This includes refrigerant to transfer heat from the inside air and expel it outdoors, and an indoor coil to help absorb heat and cool it down. Your air conditioner is also equipped with a compressor, which adds pressure to the refrigerant so that the system can do its job.
Without all of these components and more, all any fan can do on its own is recycle warm and stale air that’s already present in your living space. Fans do nothing but move air around. But, that’s all they need to do when used the right way.
How a Ceiling Fan Helps the Cooling Process
So, your ceiling fan does a better job of evenly distributing the cooled air coming from your air conditioner than stagnant wall vents can do on their own. This is precisely what makes ceiling fans so useful.
The cool rooms faster and enable your air conditioning system to shut off sooner. Ultimately, this reduces your monthly utility bills. Like we said before, a ceiling fan along can’t cool a home, but it can help you feel cooler. This is because it helps sweat to evaporate from your body with ease, which is how our bodies cool off naturally. This is why you feel cooler standing in front of a fan—not because it’s actually cooling the air.
Using a Ceiling Fan with Your Heater
Okay, so now that you have an understanding of this process, what does it have to do with your heater? Well, your ceiling fan has a switch on it, usually found near the center of the fan where the light fixture mounts, which changes the direction of the fan blades. The clockwise motion helps to move heat more evenly throughout your home, using the same principles that we mentioned above.
Some advanced ceiling fans might even have an added wall switch, or a remote control, that you can use to reverse the direction of the fan blades in the winter. When you use your ceiling fan in this way, your heating system doesn’t have to work as hard, therefore working more efficiently and saving you money.
For your ceiling fan installation, or any other electrical needs you may have, contact FB Electrical Services Inc.