[fusion_text]Heating and cooling make up the majority of the typical family’s energy costs. The use of ceiling fans is a great way to cool down your home in the summer while using less energy.

Make sure your ceiling fan sits at least 7 feet above the ground, and that it is the correct size for the room (see the Energy Star website for sizing).

If you use air conditioning, a ceiling fan will allow you to raise the thermostat setting about 4 degrees while still maintaining a comfortable environment.

In the summer, run your fan blades counter-clockwise. Turning the blades counter-clockwise will send air down, creating a breeze effect. The fan doesn’t lower a room’s temperature, it merely creates a breeze effect that feels cool due to aiding perspiration and moving hot air away from your body. For this reason, always remember to turn the fan off when you leave the room, as a fan in an empty room is not cooling anyone.

Turn your air conditioning off at night, open a window, and use the fan to distribute the cool air. If you live in an area that gets cooler at night, you can save a lot of money by shutting down your air conditioner while you sleep. Don’t forget to close the window when you wake up to keep the cool air inside.

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