Invented in the 1880s to keep factories and hotels cool, ceilings fans made their way into American households in the early 20th century. Residential air conditioning didn't come along until later, and they quickly became a high-tech comfort appliance everyone coveted.
Although air conditioners are common in most homes in the U.S. today, ceiling fans are still as popular as ever. This is because they're efficient at working with an air conditioner to help improve your home's overall energy efficiency and save you money.
Improve Your Comfort With a Fan Chill Factor
Ceiling fans work much like the wind does on a cold winter day, by making the air feel cooler than its actual temperature, which is an added benefit during the hot summer months in Beaumont, Texas. Simply put, ceiling fans circulate large volumes of air at low velocity. Fans should be set to rotate counterclockwise to push cool air to the floor while creating a sort of wind chill effect. While the thermostat might read that a room's temperature is 78 degrees Fahrenheit, it might feel about five degrees cooler with the fan's chill factor.
Allows You to Have More Control Over Your Thermostat
By giving you five extra degrees to work with while cooling your home, ceiling fans offer you the ability to increase your thermostat setting so your air conditioner doesn't have to work as hard to keep you comfortable. For every degree you increase your thermostat, you decrease the duration of your air conditioner's "on" cycle by about 10 percent. Not only does this help with energy efficiency and the associated costs, but it also lessens your home's carbon footprint on the environment. It will also extend the life of your HVAC system by lessening its workload.
Remember that running a ceiling fan while no one is home is also a waste of energy and money. You should turn it off whenever you leave a room for extended periods.
For more information about how you can cool your home without breaking the bank, check out the air conditioning services we offer or call us at (409)-527-4557. We look forward to serving you.