Summer is just around the corner and if the past few days are any indication-it’s going to be a scorcher! Unfortunately, as the temperature increases many of you can expect your electricity bills to increase as well. Blasting the AC during a hot Placer County summer is the quickest way to send an otherwise reasonable electrical bill through the roof! Luckily, Elite Electrical Systems has a quick and easy solution to help keep those electric bills from becoming unmanageable: ceiling fans.
Ceiling fans are an easy and effective way to help cut the cost of your summer electrical bill as fans do not use nearly as much energy as air conditioners do. In order to achieve maximum savings with ceiling fans, here are a few tips to follow..
It is important to note that if you run your AC and fan at the same time without raising the thermostat you will save nothing. Remember while running a fan the more you raise your thermostat the less you will pay on your electrical bills-for every degree you raise the thermostat above 78 degrees, you can save 3% to 8% on cooling costs. To achieve this when shopping for a fan be sure to look for energy efficient, ENERGY STAR qualified fans with powerful high performance motors. The more powerful and efficient your ceiling fan is the more you will be able to raise your thermostat and still stay cool and comfortable. Some of these fans are so efficient they can allow you to raise your thermostat by a whole 10 degrees!
Fans are useful but only when someone is in the room. Fans don’t actually lower the temperature they just create a breeze effect that causes the room to feel cooler than it actually is. So if no one is there to feel it the fan is just wasting energy. Be sure to turn off all fans (and lights) when you leave a room. Also, be sure and set your fan properly. During the summer months your fans should be running in a counterclockwise direction to direct the cool air flow downwards.
Proper fan installation is key when it comes to getting the most savings from your fan. The best way to ensure that your ceiling fan is properly installed is to hire an expert to do the job. At Elite Electrical Systems we guarantee correct installation and operation of all ceiling fans when installed by one of our expert electricians.