Ceiling Fans Can Help To Boost HVAC Efficiency
If you’re looking for a way to lower utility bills in Jacksonville this spring, the answer may be hanging from your ceiling. When used wisely, ceiling fans can make your home more comfortable while boosting the efficiency of your HVAC.
Ceiling Fan Use
Most ceiling fans in use today have a motor that can spin the blades both clockwise and counterclockwise. This allows you to direct the airflow up or down in the center of the room. Controlling the fan’s directional spin allows you to push cooler air down in the summers and push hotter air down in the winter.
In the summer, set the fan to run counterclockwise. This pushes air from the ceiling down to the floor in the center of the room. The air then travels outward and when it hits the walls, upward to the ceiling again. This helps to circulate a cooling breeze in the room while maximizing the use of the air conditioned air.
During the winter, you set the fan to run clockwise. Heat tends to accumulate at the ceiling level. The fan will pull cooler air from below up to the center of the ceiling. There, it travels outward, driving hot air out until it hits the walls. The warmer air starts traveling downward to heat the space below. This helps keep the space warmer and maximizes the use of the heated air.
Ceiling Fan Maintenance
To get the most out of ceiling fan use, you need to keep the blades clean. Check them once a month and dust them if needed. When you switch the direction of the blades, it’s a good time to check for dust around the motor housing. A vacuum clean attachment can remove most of it. It’s also a good time to make sure all the screws are tight and that there’s no wobble in the fan blade movements.