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The Inspector Newsletter
June 2017: Air Conditioner Maintenance
Snapshots From The Field

Can you guess what is wrong in this photo?

Snapshots From The Field
  1. Nearly everything
  2. Extension cord shouldn’t be used to run an HVAC unit
  3. A replacement fan shouldn’t be attached like this
  4. All of the above

Correct Answer D. All of the above. In this situation, it is time to call the HVAC technician.

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Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans circulate air. They do not ventilate a room or lower the temperature. They simply create a draft. That draft, or air movement over the skin, provides a wind chill effect on our bodies, making the room seem cooler. This can allow a person to set the cooling temperature on the air conditioner higher, reducing energy bills and possibly prolonging the life of the cooling equipment.

Noteworthy News

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, using a ceiling fan with an air conditioning system will allow most people to raise the thermostat temperature setting about 4 degrees without a reduction in comfort. Raising the temperature is what creates the savings, not installing and running the fan. For more energy savings, turn fans off when exiting a room. Furniture can’t “feel” the wind chill effect.

Here are a few things to consider when installing new ceiling fans:

  • Ceiling fans should be installed in rooms that are at least 8 feet high
  • Larger ceiling fans move more air than smaller fans
  • Small and medium-sized fans will provide cooling in a 4- to 6-foot diameter area
  • Larger fans are effective up to 10 feet

For best efficiency, consider the type of lights in the ceiling fans when purchasing. The fan itself may only be used part of the year; many times, lights are used every day. A single bulb can be more efficient than many bulbs and fluorescent lights are far more efficient than incandescent.

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