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Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Air conditioning technology may have come a long way in recent years, but the simple ceiling fan remains an important tool in home cooling. Ceiling fans are a great way to maximize energy savings while keeping your home comfortable. Fans create a windchill effect that makes your home feel cooler, even if the air conditioning is already running. And because they come in such a wide variety of styles, materials and colors, fans can add a charming touch to your home decor.

By creating a slight breeze, fans add to the cooling effect of air conditioning, allowing you to set your thermostat about 4 degrees higher without any loss of comfort. For example, a fan can make a 75 degree room feel closer to 71 degrees. Because fans use far less energy to run than air conditioning, raising the thermostat will save energy and money. In temperate climates, a fan may allow you to turn the air conditioning off completely.

To maximize your savings, install a ceiling fan in every room that needs summer cooling. The optimal position for a fan is 7 to 9 feet above the floor and 10 to 12 inches below the ceiling. The fan blades need to be at least 8 inches from the ceiling and 18 inches from the walls to work well. Depending on the size of the room, you will need a different fan configuration. In rooms longer than 18 feet, it is best to use multiple fans. In general, small and medium fans will effectively cool an area with a diameter of 4 to 6 feet, while larger fans can cool an area of 10 feet in diameter.

When shopping for a ceiling fan, make sure to test its noise level. Poor installation can increase the amount of noise a fan makes, so it is important that your ceiling fan is installed properly and securely.

For more information about ceiling fans or other home comfort issues, turn to to find your neighborhood heating and cooling experts for the Chicagoland area and surrounding suburbs, Northwest Indiana and Southwest Michigan.

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