A nice breeze can help you cool off and stay cool, even on a hot summer day. This is called the windchill effect, which Omaha and Council Bluffs homeowners associate more with the winter windchill factor. When the outside temperature is rising this summer, create a windchill effect inside your home by properly installing and using ceiling fans.

Staying cool with overhead fans

Ceiling fans force air circulation in rooms, creating a wind-chill effect which can make the temperature feel up to 4 degrees cooler than it actually is. This could have a significant impact on reducing your air conditioner usage, even potentially eliminating the use of the A/C altogether on days that are only warm. Since these fans use much less electricity than an A/C, you’ll save energy and reduce the overall wear and tear on your A/C system.

Quality is important

As you’re browsing the home improvement store or surfing the web for ceiling fans, make sure you compare two important factors: energy efficiency and noise level (dB).

While spring and summer bargains are quite common for fans, the real cost is the long-term operating cost, or energy consumption. Higher-quality fans tend to be more efficient.

Poor-quality ceiling fans can make excessive noise, especially as components begin to wear out over time. Noisy fans can interfere with conversation and listening to TV or music, or just when you’re trying to relax.

Installation and operation

Ceiling fans with longer blades provide greater air circulation for larger spaces. For instance, a large fan with a blade diameter of 36 to 44 inches can be effective for a 200-square-foot room or larger, while a small- or medium-sized ceiling fan may circulate air efficiently in a room up to 150 square feet. Install the fan 10 to 12 inches below the ceiling for best results.

For more information about ceiling fans for your Omaha or Council Bluffs home, contact Fred’s Heating and Air.