Of all the areas in your home that demand proper ventilation, your bathroom is one of the most important — and one of the most frequently overlooked. The good news is that if your bathroom ventilation isn’t quite up to par, it’s a relatively simple and affordable fix. Read on to learn more about why bathroom exhaust fans are so important and how to select the right one for your home.
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A lot of homeowners take their ceiling fans for granted. Fans add decorative style to a room and circulate the air but otherwise just quietly do their job without anyone paying much attention. Learn, though, how your ceiling fan can help you feel cooler this summer and cut down your energy bill. This will only happen if you remember that reversing your ceiling fan blade rotation is necessary if you adjusted the blade rotation for winter operation last fall.
Besides relying on your cooling system exclusively this summer for comfort, you should consider fans as well. Summers get pretty hot in the Fresno area, and a fan can make the inside of your home feel cooler, whisk heat and humidity outside, and even make your attic cooler. A fan is one of the least expensive appliances to operate, and a variety of models are available for spot ventilation in your kitchen or bathroom, for attic ventilation, and for your living spaces.
In our central California climate, an attic fan is equally important in summer and winter — but for different reasons. In summer, heat accumulation in a poorly ventilated attic can send temperatures up to 150 degrees. All that heat baking the wooden structure of the attic and sub-roof can be damaging. Even worse, it migrates down into living spaces and makes your A/C work harder, raising utility costs. During winter, humid air infiltrating from rooms below condenses in the cold attic. This saturates attic insulation, destroying its heat-resistant properties. The wet environment also promotes mold and warps wooden structural components.
A ceiling fan has been standard equipment for hot weather since the 1800s. By circulating air downward in a room, they make rooms feel about four degrees cooler on summer days. However, the great majority of ceiling fans have a switch that reverses rotation of the fan, making them useful in winter, too. Instead of circulating air downwards, clockwise rotation in winter draws air up from below, blending it into warm air that naturally collects at the ceiling. The warmed air is driven out to the walls and then pushed back down into the room. This distributes heat more evenly around the room and reduces heat loss through the ceiling. A ceiling fan uses about as much electricity as a 100-watt light bulb but can cut energy consumption in a room 10 percent by allowing the furnace to run less often or at a lower level of operation. Fans can also be placed on the ceiling above stairwells to prevent heat migration from lower floors to upper floors in winter.
Your HVAC system is the most important part of keeping your home comfortable. As such, you need to make sure you have competent people servicing and working on it. You want to save money but you also want to make sure you understand what you’re going to be paying for. That is why it’s so important to properly interpret HVAC service quotes.
Being comfortable in your home is a top priority, but so is accomplishing savings. There are some upfront investments you may need to make to improve comfort and achieve long-term savings. Then, with a few other free or inexpensive tips, you can lower your electricity bill without forfeiting home comfort.