When it comes to staying cool in the summertime heat, one of the primary concerns is cost.
Cranking the air conditioner and running all the fans in the house can both do some serious damage to your energy bill, so the key is to find the right balance.
Ceiling fan: Clockwise or counterclockwise?
Yes, it does make a difference — and determining which way your fans should spin depends on the time of year.
During the summer, ceiling fans should spin counterclockwise to blow the air downward so you can feel the breeze. But since fans consume energy, you need to set the thermostat a degree or two higher when the ceiling fans are on. Even at a higher temperature, the breeze helps you feel cooler.
You can save up to 5% on air conditioning costs for each degree you raise the temperature on the thermostat. Plus, using a ceiling fan can make you feel 4 degrees cooler.
Also, don’t forget to turn the fans off when you aren’t in the room.
Replacing old fans can save you up to 80%
If you really want to maximize your savings, set the ceiling fan at a high enough speed to make you comfortable. You don’t want to set it too high. The higher the speed, the more energy it consumes.
Plus, if you have an old fan, it’s probably consuming a lot more energy than necessary. Replacing old ceiling fans with new, modern ones can cut your energy costs by up to 80%!