Do Ceiling Fans Save You Any Money On Energy Bills?

Do Ceiling Fans Save You Any Money On Energy Bills?

Sep 2, 2022 | AC, Blog, Ceiling Fan, Cool Air, Do's and Don'ts, Energy Costs, Energy Efficient, Finneytown, OH, Ohio, Summer

You’ve probably heard at one time or another that using a ceiling fan saves you money on your energy bills. Of course, we all love to find ways to save extra money when we can. But, first, it’s important to understand how ceiling fans work in order to maximize their full potential. And it’s also necessary to accept that any savings from utilizing your ceiling fans will likely not be massive. But some advantages can stem from using ceiling fans in your home, so without further ado, join your Finneytown Heating & Cooling as we dive into the details further.  

Will Using a Ceiling Fan Save You Money On Your Energy Bill?  

It’s a common misconception that ceiling fans cool the air in your home. Unfortunately, this is not true. Ceiling fans do not have cooling mechanisms; they are designed to promote good air circulation with the air that is present in the room. This process creates the movement of air that feels like a cool breeze on the skin. So, what does all of this mean exactly? Well, this means that utilizing the ceiling fans in your home likely won’t significantly produce savings on your energy bill. But don’t let this get you down! There are still some benefits to using ceiling fans. And when used properly in conjunction with your residential air conditioner, you may be able to squeeze a bit more savings out!  

What Are the Best Tips To Save Money On Your Energy Bill?  

It would be wise to note that leaving your ceiling fan on without anyone in the room wastes further energy and, therefore, would be counterproductive to your efforts to reduce energy consumption. Furthermore, because ceiling fans only produce a wind-chill effect and do NOT lower room temperature, if no one is in the room to feel the impact of the fan, you will only be throwing money out the window. So, in order to save money on your energy bills, it’s essential to use your ceiling fans strategically to maximize their efficiency.  

One great tip when choosing to use a ceiling fan is that you should raise the temperature on your thermostat by about five degrees. You may go higher than this, but this is up to your tolerance level and comfort. The higher the temperature, the less your air conditioner has to run, which is what actually saves you money on your energy bill. We suggest five degrees as a general rule of thumb, but you may raise it higher if you’d like. Once you have raised the temperature on your thermostat, you can enjoy the nice wind-chill effect from your fan. We just want to reiterate that your efforts may be futile unless you are in the same room as the powered-on ceiling fan. So, once you have raised the temperature, be sure to plop down in the same room so as to enjoy the ceiling fan’s benefits.  

Next, make sure you turn the ceiling fan off when you leave the room. Then, when you reenter it, you can turn it on again. Just like you wouldn’t want to leave your lights on if no one is around, the same goes for the ceiling fan. It’s not doing anyone any favors if no one is in the room.  

How Should You Utilize Your Ceiling Fans In the Summer?  

In the summertime, you should set your ceiling fans to rotate counterclockwise. Doing this will help conserve energy. In addition, placing the fans on this setting allows warm air to be directed upwards and the cooler air to flow downwards.   

How Should You Utilize Your Ceiling Fans In the Winter?  

Believe it or not, you can use your ceiling fans in the winter too! You must set your ceiling fan’s rotation opposite of what you use for the summer – clockwise! Setting your fan on a clockwise rotation will direct the warm air downward, which will help to keep you a tad more toasty!   

The more you know, the better you can strategize and find ways to reduce energy consumption within your home. Are you looking for more energy-efficient methods to bring down your energy bill? Great! Give Finneytown Heating & Cooling a call today at (513) 935-0440, or schedule an appointment by clicking here! We will be more than happy to get you started on a more sustainable, energy-efficient journey for your HVAC endeavors.