Use fans instead of AC
Fans help you stay cool while reducing your air conditioning costs. Since they are targeted to a specific area, they can be more cost-effective than cooling your entire home.
How it works:
Portable fans and ceiling fans create a breeze that evaporates moisture from your skin, so you can raise the thermostat setting 4°F and stay just as comfortable. Things to think about:
- When you have the fan turned on, increase the thermostat to save money.
- Use other natural cooling strategies—including closing window treatments or using a natural cross-breeze—to increase your comfort level.
- Remember, fans cool people, not rooms. Unless they are being used to blow cool air in from outside, turn them off when the room is unoccupied.
- You can also use window fans to blow cooler air into your home overnight. This will lower the temperature and keep the air moving. During the day, remove the fans and close the windows to keep cool air inside.
Good to know:
- In the summer switch your fan to run counterclockwise to push cooler air down.
- In winter run your fan clockwise on the lowest speed to gently pull cool air up.