Make Your Ceiling Fans Work Better
Ceiling fans are the perfect balance between beauty and function. They work hard to keep you cool. Add a light kit, and they can make your room a brighter place to be. Focus on aesthetics and it can add ambiance to your room, becoming the focal point of your decor.
Of course, for most of us, when the temperatures rise, we look to the functionality most of all. Nothing can help you avoid the heat more than standing under a fan, feeling the gentle breeze filter over your body.
Want to make your ceiling fan work better? Follow these tips.
Use ceiling fans only when you’re in the room
The biggest mistake people make is to leave a ceiling fan on all day. Fans don’t cool a room. They only create a wind chill effect that changes the temperature of your body while in the room. The gentle breeze makes you feel cooler, so you can raise the temperature at which your air conditioner operates by several degrees. This helps save energy and helps on the wear and tear of your AC unit too.
Get the height right
The purpose of a ceiling fan is to keep you cool, not circulate the air. If you have great rooms and vaulted ceilings, keeping a ceiling fan close to the ceiling doesn’t help the airflow in your room. You want the air to circulate close to the floor, where you’ll feel it most. With all ceiling fans, it’s important to use a down rod to bring the ceiling fan eight to nine feet above the ground.
Spin in the right direction
In warm months, a ceiling fan should act like a fan – producing a direct breeze that blows down on the people in the room. This creates wind-chill effect. It allows you to bump up the thermostat and still be comfortable. To create this, your ceiling fan should operate in a counterclockwise direction when viewed from the floor. In the cooler months, the opposite is true. Flip the switch and have the ceiling fan spin clockwise, circulating rising warm air back down to the ground. This can help you stay warmer, and allow you to turn your thermostat down a few degrees, helping you save in the winter too.
What’s that humming noise?
If your ceiling fan is making noises, it’s trying to tell you something. If you hear a humming noise, it might be how your ceiling fan operates. Is it set up with a dimmer switch, to allow you to control the blade action by the dimmer switch on the wall? This isn’t how ceiling fans are designed to operate. They should only operate with the standard speed control that comes with your ceiling fan. If you hear rattles of clinks, it may be loose screws, and your fan blades are wobbling against the motor. While all screws should be tight, don’t over tighten, or you risk stripping out the parts.
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