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HVAC Pros and Cons of Using a Box Fan

3 Strategic Ways to Reduce Your Monthly HVAC Bill

Have you ever used a box fan at the same time you run your heating and air conditioning? It can seem counterproductive. But there are definite pros and cons to using a fan while your AC is running this summer.

Con: You’ll use energy to run both.

Pro: You’ll save more energy when you use both. The box fan works to enhance the cooling effect of your air conditioner. With the addition of the fan, you can potentially turn down the temperature setting on your air conditioner without losing any of the comfort of a nice, cool house.

Con: There is minimal control of the direction of the airflow.

Pro: With a box fan, you don’t need to control the direction of the airflow to take advantage of the benefits. Using a box fan placed on the floor will help move the air around. Cold air sinks, so a fan down low will stir the cool air and help it circulate throughout the room.

Con: Box fans can be noisy.

Pro: Though box fans do make some noise, the benefits outweigh the sound. And many box fans these days are significantly quieter than they used to be. By placing box fans in several places throughout your home, you can move the hot air from upstairs down and circulate the cool air downstairs more effectively throughout the house.

It’s common to think you shouldn’t need to use a fan if you have air conditioning. Box fans, however, can boost the effectiveness and efficiency of your air conditioning system. Running some in the rooms in your house while you’re at home can make your house feel cooler and save you money on your energy bill. For more information on how you can boost your energy efficiency without sacrificing comfort, contact the experts at H.H. Hovey Heating and Cooling.

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