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How Ceiling Fans Affect Your Home’s Energy Efficiency

How Ceiling Fans Affect Your Home's Energy EfficiencyIn Portland’s mild climate, your ceiling fan can do a lot to help you stay comfortable efficiently. To get the most out of your fan, keep these tips in mind:

A Little Help for Your Air Conditioner

On days that aren’t too hot, stick to using your ceiling fans for as long as you can before turning on your air conditioner. Once you do turn on the A/C, don’t turn off the ceiling fan. A ceiling fan can make you feel around 4 to 5 degrees cooler, allowing you to raise your air conditioner’s thermostat temperature by the same amount with no loss of comfort.

Every degree you raise your A/C temperature can cut your cooling bills by around 3 to 10 percent. Make sure the fan blades are set to spin counterclockwise as seen from below. Spinning in this direction, they blow a cooling breeze downward over your skin. If the blades aren’t set correctly, look for a small switch on the motor housing that lets you change their direction.

Comfort in Winter, Too

When the cool fall weather moves in, set your fan blades to spin clockwise and run the fan on the lowest speed. When spinning this way, the blades create an updraft that pulls cool air from the lower part of the room toward the ceiling. This air pushes the warm air near the ceiling out towards the walls and down to where you are. The warm air in your room will circulate around you rather than pooling near the ceiling.

Maximizing Your Fan’s Efficiency

Fans make you feel more comfortable, but they don’t change the air temperature so they don’t help when you’re not in the room. To save energy, turn off the fan when you leave the room.

To move air efficiently, your fan must be the right size for the room. For a room of less than 144 sq. ft., a 42-inch fan is enough. For a room of up to 225 sq. ft., choose a 50-inch fan.

To learn more, contact Roth Heating & Cooling, providing trusted HVAC services for Portland area homeowners.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Metro Portland, Oregon area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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5 Common Energy Myths You Need to Know

5 Common Energy Myths You Need to KnowIf you’re looking for ways to lower your household operating costs, curbing your energy consumption is a good place to start. Before you implement any tips for reducing consumption, it’s good to recognize energy myths like these:

Myth 1: Run the Ceiling Fans to Make Your Home Cooler

Fans simply move air, they don’t cool it. The feeling of air moving across the skin makes a body feel cooler, but you can’t feel the effect unless you’re in the same room. So, running fans in unoccupied rooms wastes energy instead of saving it.

Myth 2: Dial Back the Thermostat Setting to Cool the House Faster

Your cooling system runs at a steady pace to reach the thermostat’s temperature setting, no matter how low it’s set. If you set it too low, you’ll only end up wasting energy and your home will feel uncomfortably chilly.

Myth 3: Shut the Registers in Seldom-Used Rooms to Save Conditioned Air

Your HVAC system relies on balanced airflow to operate efficiently, and shutting some registers can upset the balance and cause a pressure increase within the system. The equipment then has to work harder to compensate, so it consumes more energy instead of less.

Myth 4: Leave the Thermostat Temperature Setting Constant to Save Energy

There’s a misconception that raising the thermostat setting at night or when no one is home is inefficient because it takes a lot of energy to bring the temperature back down again. Regular temperature setbacks of eight hours or more during such periods are a proven way to save energy, and it’s easy to accomplish with a programmable thermostat.

Myth 5: Use Sleep Mode to Reduce Your Computers’ Energy Consumption

If your computers are set to go into sleep mode whenever they’re not in use, you’re wasting energy. Sleep mode is fine for short periods, but you should put your computers on power strips and shut them down completely during longer periods while you’re at work and overnight while you’re sleeping.

For help debunking energy myths and advice on ways to reduce consumption in your Portland-area home, contact us at Roth Heating & Cooling today.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Metro Portland, Oregon area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

Don’t Touch the Thermostat and Keep Your Home Cool Anyway

Don't Touch the Thermostat and Keep Your Home Cool AnywaySummertime in Portland is paradise, but high energy bills during the cooling season can take some of the joy out of warm, sunny weather. This year, resolve to keep your home cool without cranking the thermostat. Here are a some low-cost and no-cost ways to stay cooler at higher thermostat settings all season long. Continue reading

A Beginner’s Guide to Choosing and Using Ceiling Fans

A Beginner's Guide to Choosing and Using Ceiling FansCeiling fans can help you save on energy bills during Portland summers, since a steady breeze in a room allows you to turn the A/C down a few degrees, or leave it off altogether.

Another benefit of ceiling fans, which many homeowners fail to take advantage of, is the reverse switch. Set the fan in reverse during the winter (most modern models have this feature), and the blades will gently draw cool air from the floor and redistribute warm air from the ceiling, allowing you to stay comfortable without having the heat on full blast.

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The Best Balance Point for Your Heat Pump Depends on Home Performance

The Best Balance Point for Your Heat Pump Depends on Home PerformanceHeat pumps provide energy-efficient heating for Portland area homeowners to a certain degree, and it’s that one degree — the balance point — where backup electric resistance heating takes over and efficiency is lost. The best balance point for your heat pump can be achieved by upgrading your home’s energy efficiency and scheduling professional preventive maintenance for your heat pump. Continue reading

Watch The Efficiency Of HVAC Systems Grow With Ceiling Fans

There are many things you can do to improve the efficiency of your HVAC system: increase insulation, have your ducts sealed, or upgrade to high-efficiency equipment. There is one piece of high-efficiency equipment, though, that many people overlook. A lot of Oregon residents even have them in their homes but don’t utilize them, not realizing that they can result in big energy savings and cut down on monthly utility bills. 

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Ventilating Fans Add To Your Home’s Overall Fresh-Air Plan

Ventilation is an important part in making a home comfortable. Proper ventilation provides an energy-efficient way to cool your home and improve its quality of air. With modern homes being built so efficiently, they can often be sealed very tightly. The problem: These homes do not allow air to circulate in and out of your home. This means that Oregon homeowners often have to find alternative methods to ventilate their home.

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