When the dog days of summer kick in, you’ll probably rely on your air conditioning to do most of your cooling. However, if you’re looking to lower the price you pay for that cool refreshing air, try using a fan to keep your utility bills a little lower.
The air cools as it moves, and fans increase the rate of airflow. Using a fan can save both money and energy while cooling off your home.
- A great option for improving airflow within a single room. They come in a variety of styles to match your décor and replacing one can be pretty simple for the average DIYer. Look for a model that allows you to reverse the fan’s direction. That way you can run it when the heat is on to circulate air and save energy in cooler months.
- These are permanently mounted between the ceiling and the attic to pull outside air through the house and exhaust it into the attic. It works best when the outside air temperature is cooler than inside. If you’re looking to improve air flow throughout your home, this is probably a good choice for you.
- They help to exhaust the extremely hot air that can build up under the roof.
- Box fans are usually rather large and you can put them on the floor or in a window to help move air through space quickly. Stand fans are usually used on a table, desk or corner of the room. Some stand fans oscillate to move air in varying directions, which can help in rooms where several people are sharing space. These are best for cooling a single room, or if you need a portable option.
*Fans are rated by the number of cubic feet per minute of air they can move and by energy efficiency – the wattage they consume. By understanding these factors and knowing the cubic footage (width, length, and height) of the rooms you want to cool, you can choose the right type for your home. Be sure that any fan you purchase is tested and approved by an authorized independent source such as Underwriters Laboratories to ensure it is rated as safe.*