https://www.tnelectric.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/06/sidekix-media-yVSiAMhose8-unsplash-scaled.jpg 1000 1500 Trent Scott https://www.tnelectric.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/TECA-logo-full-light.png Trent Scott2023-08-02 10:17:102023-08-02 10:17:10Become a fan of fans
Running indoor fans on hot summer days can help your family stay cool and your energy bills remain manageable.
A few tips:
- Running a fan is cheaper than running the air conditioner. If August presents you with a comfortable, breezy day, turn the a/c off and run floor fans instead.
- If you have ceiling fans, run them while the a/c is on. Fans don’t cool a room, per se. Instead, they move air around to create a breeze that feels cool on the skin of anyone in the room. For summer, the fan will push air downward if you switch the blades to move counter-clockwise. You might even be able to turn the thermostat up a few degrees while ceiling fans are running.
- Turn off all fans if you’re not in the same room as the fans. The fan isn’t cooling the room; it’s cooling the people in it. So if a room is empty, a running fan is a waste of electricity.
- If your fans are mounted in windows, don’t use them on days when the outdoor air is hotter than the indoor air. Window fans—and your window-mounted air conditioner’s fan setting—pull outdoor air into the house.