Looking for ways to save energy during Power Rush Hour from 2-7 p.m.? Try using a fan! Here’s a cool fact, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, you can turn up your thermostat 4 degrees while you’re in a room with a ceiling fan and not feel a difference in comfort.
When the air that comes out of the fan reaches your body, it quickly creates a cooling effect. This effect intensifies as the air moves over your skin when you’re hot and perspiring. If you leave a fan on while no one is in the room, it will distribute the air within that space but it won’t lower the temperature. This applies whether you’re using a ceiling, window, or floor fan.
As temperatures continue to rise this summer, remember these tips when using fans:
- Turn off fans when you leave a room.
- If you’re buying a new ceiling fan, consider an ENERGY STAR® model. These are up to 20% more efficient at moving air than the average fan.
- For maximum cooling, choose an appropriately sized fan for the room. For instance, use smaller fans for small spaces and large or multiple fans for big spaces.
- With window fans, close the windows located near the fan and open windows in areas away from the fan.
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