Using Ceiling Fans With Your A/C? Here’s Why You Should Be

Using Ceiling Fans With Your A/C? Here’s Why You Should Be

Using Ceiling Fans With Your A/C? Here’s Why You Should Be

Las Vegas Air Conditioning

Using Ceiling Fans With Your A/C? Here’s Why You Should Be

Las Vegas Air Conditioning

using ceiling fans with your a/c, Las Vegas, NevadaUsing ceiling fans with your A/C creates a wind-chill factor to make your home more comfortable in the summer. Most people associate wind chill with breezy winter days when cold air moving over your skin makes it feel even cooler than the thermometer says it is. The same effect happens in the summer if cold air produced by your air conditioner is moved through your home. A ceiling fan circulating air down from overhead generates a wind chill that can make an air conditioned room feel up to four degrees cooler than it really is. This allows you to set the thermostat up a few degrees. Over an entire summer, using ceiling fans with your A/C can significantly cut your cooling costs.

Ceiling fans date to the 19th century but they’re even more useful in the 21st century, when combined with an air conditioner. Here are the basics of selecting and installing your ceiling fans:

  • You need at least an 8-foot ceiling, and the blades of the fan should be no less than 7 feet above the floor.  Position the fan so it’s at least 18 inches away from the nearest wall.
  • Because you want high-volume, low-velocity air circulation, use blade length instead of motor speed to size a ceiling fan. Fan blades up to 36 inches can ventilate 100 square feet or less while a 225-square-foot room requires a fan with 48-inch blades. Sixty inches is the practical limit for rooms that are over 400 square feet.
  • Blade pitch means the angle of the fan blade as it moves through the air. Too much pitch may blow papers around or disturb other activities like dining. Too little pitch doesn’t move enough volume to produce a cooling effect. A slow-speed motor with a 14-degree blade pitch is best for most residential applications.

Like the professionals at Las Vegas Air Conditioning in Green Valley, ceiling fans have a long history of cooling South Nevada homes. for more information about using ceiling fans with your A/C for greater interior comfort.

Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about air conditioners and other HVAC topics, .

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