Cooling Category

Cool a Home & Save Money with These Ceiling Fan Tips

If cooling costs are straining your budget, have ceiling fans installed in your home. Not only will you see savings, you will experience greater comfort no matter how hot things get outside. Follow these ceiling fan tips for the most success.

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A ceiling fan circulating air in a room
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How Ceiling Fans Save Money

Using ceiling fans improves air conditioning efficiency in your home by allowing you to turn up the thermostat, thus reducing the workload on your A/C. You feel cooler when fans are on because the breeze helps sweat evaporate, removing heat from your skin surface.

Ceiling fans use less electricity than an air conditioner, which saves energy. Just remember that ceiling fans only cool you when you are present in the room. Turn them off when you leave to avoid wasting energy.

Ceiling Fan Blades

Blades should be set to spin either clockwise or counter-clockwise, depending on the fan model, to provide the wind chill effect in hot weather. During our ceiling fan installation in Cincinnati homes, our technicians can show you how to set blade direction and how to reverse it when cold weather arrives. In winter, reversing the blade direction and keeping the fan on the lowest setting pushes heated air downward, keeping you warmer.

Ceiling fans create a breeze throughout the room because of the slight angle of the blades, which stir the air by pushing it. Make sure you choose fans with blades that are at a 14-degree angle or more.

Fan Size

Fan size also makes a difference and large living areas call for either a large-sized fan, about 54 inches, or two smaller ones to create a sufficient breeze. If you purchase an undersized fan, what can happen is you’ll need to run it on the highest speed most of the time to notice any benefit, which uses more energy than necessary.

Expert installation ensures that the ceiling fan is securely mounted, safely wired, the blades are balanced and that the fan runs at optimal efficiency. For professional ceiling fan installation in Cincinnati, contact us at Apollo Home Heating, Cooling and Plumbing.

Heat Rises: Keep Your Top Floor Cool this Summer

As summer heats up, you might notice a temperature variance between the lower and upper floors of your home. Instead of resigning yourself to this, you can take simple steps to make the whole home more comfortable.

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Child with tablet lying on floor.
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Here are tips on keeping all floors cool in the summer and saving energy:

Block Heat Gain from Windows

Windows are a significant source of solar heat gain. Window treatments reduce this by over half, keeping your home cooler. On the interior, use window blinds, solar curtains, insulated cellular shades or a combination of these to keep the heat out. On the outside, install awnings, sunscreens, window film or shutters.

Install Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans create a breeze, and this makes you feel cooler because air flowing over your skin evaporates sweat. With ceiling fans running, you can resist lowering the thermostat setting and spare an air conditioner from running so much. You will feel cooler and save energy at the same time.

Make sure to choose the right size of fan for each room and have it professionally installed. Our technicians can perform your ceiling fan installation in the greater Cincinnati area.

Turn off Heat-Producing Electronics and Lights

Television sets and computers may not seem to produce much heat, but every bit counts, especially in enclosed areas. Keep them turned off and unplugged unless you are using them.

Light bulbs also produce heat. Incandescent and halogen bulbs are some of the worst offenders, so keep these turned off as much as possible and, as soon as you can, buy compact fluorescent bulbs.

Insulate and Vent the Attic

When the attic temperature rises, this heat radiates into the home through the ceiling and walls. You will feel the effects of this the most in the upper levels of your home.  Have your attic checked to make sure the insulation and ventilation are adequate. If attic heat continues to be a problem, consider having an attic fan installed to vent the heat outdoors.

For help keeping all floors cool in the summer, please contact us at Apollo Home Heating, Cooling and Plumbing.

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