Does a Ceiling Fan Help or Hurt Your AC System?

Central cooling systems are the best way to keep your home comfortable through the dog days of summer. Even though many homeowners already keep their air conditioning running all day, they also turn on ceiling fans throughout the house. Is that a good idea?

Simply put, yes, it is! Continue reading to learn a bit more about the benefits of running your AC in conjunction with your ceiling fans.

Stay cooler

Despite what many homeowners think, a ceiling fan won’t actually lower the temperature in a room—that’s what your AC is for. That said, you’ll feel cooler when a ceiling fan is on because the draft created by the fan essentially assists your body’s natural cooling system. A fan will also help pull warm air up toward the ceiling, further cooling your body.

Be sure to pair your AC system with your ceiling fan to keep your family even cooler in the middle of the summer months. We guarantee you’ll feel the effects almost immediately.

Save money

Your AC unit is one of the more expensive systems in your home. Though the actual number varies based on the unit’s age and condition, the average AC costs about 36 cents an hour to run. To put that in perspective, running a ceiling fan only costs one cent per hour.

If you pair your AC with your ceiling fan, you can raise the temperature on the thermostat by a few degrees and still feel cool and comfortable. Raising the thermostat by four degrees can save you about 17 cents per hour!

Reduce humidity

A humid home feels much hotter and more uncomfortable than a house with drier air. An air conditioning system does wonders for lowering the humidity level inside a space. While an AC will eventually remove the humidity, pairing your system with a ceiling fan can speed up the process by blowing that humid air out of a room.

Lowering the humidity levels won’t just keep you cooler, but can also improve your air quality. You’ll breathe easier when you pair your ceiling fan with your air conditioner.

Preserve AC lifespan

An air conditioner can last for up to 15 years as long as it’s well maintained. Another way to ensure your AC lasts for as long as possible is to run ceiling fans while it’s on. This is because your AC won’t need to work as hard to cool your home.

In other words, you can save yourself a bundle on AC replacement by keeping your ceiling fan running and hiring a professional to tune up your unit each spring.

Is your AC ready for the summer heat?

As we just mentioned above, having your AC system inspected and tuned up should be on your spring to-do list each year. Although it’s already July, it’s never too late to contact our team at Rapids Plumbing & Heating Inc. for seasonal air conditioning maintenance. Give us a call today to ensure your AC stays in tip-top shape throughout the season.