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Teamwork creates better results than working alone, and that is equally true when it comes to home cooling. Adding a ceiling fan to work with your air conditioning system will improve indoor comfort, increase air conditioner efficiency and lighten your monthly cooling bills.

One or more ceiling fans will improve the distribution and circulation of air inside your home. Air currents from the fan cool you directly when they contact your body. The direct cooling from a ceiling fan will make you feel about 4 degrees cooler than the temperature of the room.

Make sure the fans you use have been adjusted to direct airflow toward the floor during the summer. These downdrafts send more air to you and improve general air circulation. They also help redistribute cool air that may drop and settle near the floor.

Larger ceiling fans produce more circulation. Fans with larger blades will also move more air than ones with smaller blades. Fans between 35 and 44 inches in diameter will work well in rooms up to 225 square feet. Bigger rooms will require bigger fans of 52 inches in diameter or larger. More than one fan may be necessary in very large rooms or in rooms longer than 18 feet. Ask your HVAC contractor for advice.

Longer fan blades move more air at lower velocity, so they may be appropriate for offices or rooms where loose papers or other material could be disturbed by air currents from above.

Ceiling fans require adequate space to operate properly and safely. Install them in rooms with 8-foot or higher ceilings. Make sure the blades are 7-9 feet above the floor and about a foot below the ceiling. Provide at least 18 inches of clearance between the tips of the blades and the walls.

For 40 years, NisAir Air Conditioning & Heating has provided professional heating and air conditioning services to our valued customers in Martin, Palm Beach, St. Lucie and Indian River counties. Contact us today for more information on ceiling fans and how adding one or more to your home will provide better cooling at a more economical cost.

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