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Do Ceiling Fans Help Keep a Room Cooler?

Ceiling Fans Help Keep a Room Cooler

For the best outcome, a ceiling fan should be used in conjunction with air conditioning.

Summertime means barbeques, new adventures, sunshine, and hot and humid temperatures in Western New York. Homeowners, even if their home has air conditioning, may turn to ceiling fans to help keep the space cooler in the warmer months. We are going to review if ceiling fans help keep a room cooler or if they are just a nice looking fixture to have on your ceiling.

What are Ceiling Fans?

A ceiling fan is a mechanical fan mounted on the ceiling of a room or space, usually electrically powered, that uses hub-mounted rotating blades to circulate air. Ceiling fans come in all different shapes and sizes and some include lighting fixtures.

Ceiling fans have been around for over 100 years, since the early 20th century. Philip Diehl, a contemporary of Thomas Edison, is credited with being the inventor of the electrically powered ceiling fan in 1882. They were originally invented for commercial use to cool factories and hotels, and were added into homes in the 1920s. Now, research shows that more than 75 percent of all homes in the U.S. have ceiling fans.

Do Ceiling Fans Help Keep a Room Cooler?

As we dive into the question of if ceiling fans really help to keep a room cooler, it is important to remember that ceiling fans do not work the same as air conditioning. Ceiling fans circulate air and create a breeze, they do not provide refrigerated cooling like an air conditioner. They simply move air in the vicinity of the fan and do not remove humidity from the space.

A ceiling fan works similar to wind chill on a cold day, as the wind makes the air feel colder than the reading on the thermostat. A thermostat in a room with a ceiling fan running may display a specific temperature, but to the occupants, the room may feel up to 5 degrees cooler due to what is called the fan chill factor.

Should you Use Ceiling Fans in Conjunction with Air Conditioning?

In the hot Western New York months, homeowners will find the most value in a ceiling fan by using it in conjunction with their air conditioning. When the air conditioner is running, ceiling fans circulate cooled air and make people feel even cooler (this is the fan chill factor we mentioned above).

If you use air conditioning, a ceiling fan will allow you to raise the thermostat setting about 3-5°F with no reduction in comfort. This allows you to increase the temperature of your air conditioner’s thermostat several degrees without causing a decrease in comfort. On average, for every degree you can move the air conditioner thermostat up, you reduce the duration of “on” cycles of the air conditioner compressor by 10 percent, cutting energy consumption and prolonging the life of your air conditioner.

In Conclusion

To answer the pending question, yes, ceiling fans help keep a room cooler… somewhat. With the fan chill factor, a room will feel cooler with a ceiling fan; however, your thermostat may not show you the results. For the best outcome, a ceiling fan should be used in conjunction with air conditioning. Together, ceiling fans and AC can help you reduce energy costs and extend the life of your air conditioner.

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We’re your team for reliable AC service in Hamburg, NY. In fact, we provide a variety of cooling services: Air Conditioning Repair, Air Conditioning Tune-Up, and New AC Systems. Contact us today.