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ceiling fansIt’s summer! Time for ice cream and lemonade and dips in the ocean. And time for exorbitant energy bills, as you struggle to keep your home cool in the sweltering Sarasota heat. How can you keep those bills under control while still keeping your home comfortable? The answer may surprise you: ceiling fans.

Ceiling fans use far less energy than air conditioners, so the more you use them to supplement your air conditioning, the less you have to pay. You’ll still need your A/C, of course, just not as much of it.

If you use a ceiling fan to supplement the work of your home’s forced-air cooling system, you can reduce your energy bills significantly with no reduction in comfort. Just turn your thermostat up by three or four degrees while you run the fan in an occupied room. The wind-chill factor will keep you just as cool at 80 degrees as the A/C by itself would at 76 degrees – for less money.

Ceiling fans are the most effective type, as their positioning allows them to circulate air throughout the room. But what’s the best type of fan to get, to circulate the air most effectively? It depends on the size of the room. A smaller room – of 225 square feet or less – should have a fan that’s 36 or 44 inches across. A larger room requires a larger fan, of 52 inches. And if your room is more than 18 feet long, you should have at least two fans, one on either side, to circulate the air.

But no matter what size or type of fan you get, be sure it carries the blue Energy Star logo. An Energy Star qualified ceiling fan is an average of 20 percent more efficient than the standard model. It’s certified by the federal Energy Star program to save energy over other, similar models, without sacrificing performance or features. Installing a ceiling fan in your home may be the best investment you make this summer.

For more tips on ceiling fans and saving energy in your Sarasota area home, please contact us at Aqua Plumbing & Air.

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