Saving money on energy bills in your Long Island home is a breeze when you use fans and better ventilation. Read on to learn about available low-cost cooling and ventilation applications, and you’ll enjoy better cooling and indoor air quality for less energy.
Using Fans and Better Ventilation Wisely
Central A/C systems make a home cooler by removing heat energy through refrigeration principles. Fans and ventilation do not affect the temperature of a home like an A/C, but they still help occupants feel substantially cooler and more comfortable by the principles of “wind-chill effect”.
As airflow produced by a ceiling fan or ventilation system moves across the skin, moisture is removed more quickly. This produces a natural and faster cooling effect than if there were no breeze at all. Following are fan and ventilation options:
- Ceiling fans improve airflow through a room and home, and help a room feel cooler by forcing air down toward the floor when they’re in the “forward,” or counter-clockwise, rotation setting (During the heating months, switch the ceiling fan to the “reverse,” or clockwise, direction to pull air up toward the ceiling to lower heating bills, too.). Since fans do not effect temperature, make sure they are turned off when a room is unoccupied to save energy.
- Spot ventilation in the kitchen and bathrooms can help remove moisture from these areas, which can help these spaces and other rooms feel cooler.
- Natural ventilation can help revitalize stuffy homes, but opening windows is only practical when the outside temperatures are not in extremes, or when the home’s occupants don’t suffer from allergies or asthma.
- Whole-home ventilation systems are a boon for replenishing fresh air to the entire home. Whole-home ventilators are less expensive to operate than the A/C, and help produce a cooling “wind-chill effect” like ceiling fans.
- Heat recovery ventilators (HRVs) are whole-home ventilators that transfer heat energy between fresh supply air and stale exhaust air inside a heat-exchange core. On hot days, heat energy transfers from warmer supply air to cooler exhaust air. HRVs also preheat fresh air during the heating months, providing whole-home fresh air in any weather.
For more tips about using fans and better ventilation in your Long Island home, contact Cool Power.
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