Use Fans to Help Save Money this Summer

July is a great time of year filled with Fourth of July celebrations, vacations, pool parties and barbecues with friends and family. It’s also often an incredibly hot and humid month, and many end up turning to their thermostats to try to stay comfortable.

This can lead to overworking your HVAC unit and prohibitive electrical bills. It’s a practice that’s bad for the environment and your wallet.

The good news, however, is that there are lots of things you can do to avoid falling into this habit, from staying hydrated to using window coverings to block the sun.

Today we’ll talk specifically about fans and the many ways that you can utilize them to keep your home cooler, take the pressure off of your HVAC system and lower your electrical bill.

Utilize Ceiling Fans

useceilingfansCeiling fans can be a great way to help you feel cooler and to brighten up your room. While they don’t actually lower the temperature in your house, the breeze that they create adds a wind chill which makes you feel more comfortable in warmer temperatures.

Regularly using these throughout your house can lead to significant savings - in some cases, they can help you save as much as 30% on your utility bill. In addition to adding efficiency and improving comfort, they also add extra lighting to rooms and can serve as a decorative addition to any room in your home.

If you don’t already have ceiling fans installed throughout your house, consider adding them throughout to save energy, brighten your home and help you stay more comfortable all year long. (Note: selecting fans that are Energy Star rated will allow you to save even more on your electrical bill).

Don’t Forget About Handheld Fans

handheldfansHandheld fans are often used as a decorative touch and rarely utilized for cooling. However, they can actually be a very effective and relaxing way to stay cool on the hottest days.

So, if you have some handheld fans around, take advantage of them, and if you don’t, consider adding a few throughout your house.

On a hot afternoon or evening, sit back, relax and let these personal fans provide some immediate relief. They give you instant comfort without putting any added pressure on your HVAC unit. So, put these to work as often as you can.

Standing Fans Have their Place

standingfansWhile it’s never a good idea to keep something constantly plugged in, standing fans can nevertheless provide additional support on hot days or for special events.

If you know you’re going to have a lot of people in the house on a hot day, standing fans can be the perfect solution. Using these throughout the house during parties or get-togethers can keep everyone cool without putting additional pressure on the thermostat.

So keep some standing fans on hand and don’t be afraid to use them during your next summer event. Please share this post with any friends you have that are looking to save a little money on their electrical bill this summer. And, if you have any questions about installing fans, call Trustworthy Electric today at (334) 215-1782.