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Improve Your HVAC System Efficiency Year-Round

wooden ceiling fan on a grey ceilingWhen it comes to providing great Boerne, TX HVAC services, whether it be air conditioning maintenance, heating repair, or something else, we are certainly the team to call. But we aren’t just here to provide service. We want to be able to help you with tips and advice that can save you money throughout the year. One of these tips is—utilize your ceiling fans!

This comes as a surprise to many homeowners, who believe that running their ceiling fans is a waste of electricity and may refrain from doing so to save on their energy bills. But on the contrary, when used in conjunction with your HVAC systems, ceiling fans can save you considerably. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to our team. In the meantime, keep reading to learn more about the hidden benefits of ceiling fans.

How Do Fans Help the Cooling Process?

Let’s start by discussing the anatomy of an air conditioner a bit. There’s a fan within it, but that fan alone doesn’t keep you cool (a ceiling fan alone can’t keep you cool either). Within the air conditioning system, there are a variety of components all working together to bring you comfort. These components include:

  • Refrigerant to transfer heat from the inside air and expel it outside.
  • An indoor coil to help absorb heat and cool down.
  • A compressor, which adds pressure to the refrigerant so it can do its job.

Without all these parts working together, all any fan can do is recycle warm, stale air already within your living space. Fans simply move air around. But, that’s all they need to do in order to be of benefit!

Cut Down on Your Cooling Costs

Ceiling fans help you cut down on your cooling costs by evenly distributing the air produced by your AC system. A stagnant vent alone on the wall can’t move air through a home as effectively as you’d like, sometimes, and as a result you lower the temperature to make it colder, right? This is what makes ceiling fans so great!

Ceiling fans distribute that cooled air, cooling your rooms faster and more efficiently, so that your AC can shut off sooner, and you can even raise the temperature, ultimately having a positive impact on your monthly energy bills.

Does This Work for Heating, Too?

Yes, it does. That same concept we described above can be used in the winter too. All it takes is the flip of a switch. That’s right, all ceiling fans have a switch on them—most often found near the center of the fan where the light fixture mounts. This switch changes the direction of the fan blades and therefore changes how the air is distributed.

Your ceiling fans run counter-clockwise in the summer. By switching them to the clockwise motion in the winter, they can actually help move heat more evenly throughout your living space. Some advanced ceiling fans might even have an additional wall switch or remote control that allows you to reverse the direction of the fan blades remotely.

When you use any of your ceiling fans in this manner, your heater won’t have to work as hard—meaning it will operate more efficiently and save you money.

For more great tips and reliable HVAC services throughout the greater San Antonio area, contact Cowboys Air Conditioning & Heating.

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