What is the truth behind fans during the summer?
How do you use fans during the summer? Do you substitute it for an air conditioner? Do you use it for white noise as you sleep? There are many ways we can use fans during the summer. But, is it really an efficient use of energy?
Here are two myths about fans in regards to cooling your home. Think you can leave a fan on all the time? Think again.
Myth: Fans create cool air.
Fact: Fans circulate air. Fans only make you feel cooler because it is continually moving hotter air from around your body, away. Also, a fan helps your perspiration evaporate more quickly – speeding up the natural process your body uses for temperature regulation.
Myth: You should keep fans running at all times for circulation.
Fact:You should treat fans like you treat lights – always turn them off when you are finished using them. Or, better yet, unplug them.
There are a couple more things to know about fans.
- Fans can keep mosquitoes away.
- Be careful when putting fans in windows. Remember, the air you bring into your home is unfiltered. Plus, during the summer, you could be bringing in hotter air.
- In terms of types of fans, ceiling fans are the most beneficial when it comes to mixing the air in a room.
Of course, the only way to fully achieve a well-cooled home is through central air conditioning. If you’re strictly using fans to cool your home down during the summer, talk to a local HVAC tech.