Why a Fan Alone Cannot Cool a Home

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Chances are high that you’ve got a fan somewhere in your home, whether it’s a ceiling fan or a desk fan. And if your air conditioner breaks down, you might hope to get through the rest of the summer without it. But this probably won’t do the trick. A fan alone cannot cool a home, it can only make you feel a little cooler.

How a Fan Cools You Down

You might feel a lot cooler when you’re under a ceiling fan, but it’s not because the temperature in the room is any lower. The reason you cool off is that the air movement makes your body feel as though it is cooler than it really is. Sweat evaporates from your skin more easily when your fan is on, and that's your body's way of keeping cool. But when it's humid out and temperatures reach extremes, a fan won't do a lot to cool you down.

When a Fan Is an Energy Waster

A major problem with using a fan to keep cool is that many homeowners keep their fans on when they leave a room. Typically, they're hoping that this will help to control temperatures when they leave. But really it's just a big energy waster. We recommend that you only turn your fan on when you are in the room. If it's not helping to cool you down, it's time to get that broken AC fixed, where to install a new one.

Pair Your Fan with Your AC

A ceiling fan can be a major help in the summer. While it can be an energy waster, it can also help you to save energy if used properly. We recommend that you use your fan while using your air conditioner. This way you may feel comfortable enough to turn the temperature up by a few degrees. Setting the AC just a little bit warmer can help you save a lot of money in the long run!

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