by Nikky Wates
Heat can be agonizing for anyone, whether it comes in the form of a hot, confined room, or a bursting summer sun beating down upon your bare, suntan lotion-soaked back!.
If it comes in the form of dry heat, it can make breathing so much more difficult, as you strive to pull air into your tired lungs. If the heat comes in the form of humidity, it can dehydrate you quickly and make you sweat.
In either case, heat can keep you from thinking straight and fulfilling everyday duties that would have otherwise been easier in cooler, crisper weather. Summer heat can be especially oppressive, and can make you want to sleep all day in an air-conditioned room, with only cold air for company. Air conditioning, however, can be very expensive!.
Air conditioning units cost large amounts of money to purchase, maintain, and clean, as air conditioning filters are often clogged with dust and debris. If you buy an air conditioning unit and use it regularly, prepare to drain your savings as you pay higher electric bills.
If the heat doesn’t give you a headache, the electric bills can certainly do you in. An alternative exists, however, in electric fans. Unlike air conditioning units, fans can be less expensive to purchase and maintain.
They can also be easier to clean and repair, and cost less to replace. If you are dealing with extreme heat, then you can arrange your electric fans and home in such a way that you can bring in cold air and keep the warm air out.
There are many different kinds of electric fans, but the four most popular ones can be effective in cooling your home. A stand fan can be adjusted to various strengths and speeds; its height can also be controlled, so you can receive air whether you are working on the floor, sitting at your desk, or hanging up drapes and standing on a high table.
A box fan is a smaller electric fan with a rotating face, designed to push air and circulate it in different parts of a room. A ceiling fan, true to its name, hangs from a ceiling and pushes cool air down.
Lastly, an exhaust fan is built into a wall, and can help air circulate, especially in closed surroundings such as warehouses or garages. All of these electric fans can allow you to spend less on your electric bills.
Because an air conditioning makes use of cooling fluids, it can take up more energy in converting outside air to cool air, and in removing water vapor from outside air. Fans, however, allow air to move around and circulate, and in doing so use much less energy.
If you are shopping around for electric fans, choose brands that are inexpensive, but stamped with the energy star. This will assure you that you will get the most power from the fans with the least energy input.
When you use your fans, make sure that they are positioned strategically, so that you don’t waste energy or end up bringing warm air to where you least want it. In particular, take note of the following tips as you cool your home using your fans.
Practice cross ventilation. Not every room in your house needs an electric fan to be cool.
You can place a powerful stand fan in one room, open any adjoining doors, and direct the fan to blow air to the next rooms. You can also place an exhaust fan high up in one room so that the air is constantly circulating.
To cross ventilate your house, open any windows that aren’t facing the sun. This can allow cool air to come in. Close windows that are facing the sun, and shield them with curtains, so that you can lower the temperature of your room faster.
You can position electric fans perpendicular to the open window, so that any incoming air is circulated immediately. If it isn’t a windy day, then position the fan at the other end of the room, facing the window. If it is very humid and hot, then an electric fan may do you little good on its own.
If you have an air conditioning unit, turn it on low cool or fan mode, then use the electric fan to circulate the hot air. On its own, the air conditioning unit will take up more energy as the humid air will be difficult to cool.
The electric fan, on its own, will also take up more energy, as it will have to be operated at higher, faster settings, and for a longer time, before it can finally cool the air. If you use the electric fan and air conditioning unit together, you can actually save energy.
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