With the hottest days of summer soon approaching, learn to keep your home more comfortable by taking advantage of these simple box fan tricks. Follow these box fan tips, and you will cool your home more efficiently and lower your utility bills.
Four Tips For Cooling Your Home Using Box Fans
Pull in cool air and push out hot air. Use at least two box fans in your home for the ultimate cooling effect. Place one fan in a shaded downstairs window. Use this fan to pull in cooler air from the outside. Secure another fan in an upstairs window or on the opposite side of an apartment. Ensure the fan is blowing outwards to push the warmer air from the inside of your home out of the window. This setup is surprisingly efficient during the evening when outside air temperature naturally dips.
Choose the right fan size. You should try to purchase the largest fans which can fit securely in your open windows. If you cannot find a box fan which takes up the entire width of your window, you can get better results by using curtains or even cardboard to fill in the gaps on either side of the fan. Preventing gaps from around the fans help eliminate insects and increases the exchange rate of cooler outside air and warmer air inside your home.
Make your own inexpensive ‘swamp cooler.’ Swamp coolers, also known as an evaporative or desert cooler, cools air through the process of evaporation. You can make your improvised swamp cooler by filling a shallow container, like a roasting pan, with water and placing it in front of a fan pulling in outside air. Add ice to the pan of water to produce a cooler breeze. You can avoid the possibility of the pan overflowing from melting ice by using reusable ice packs instead.
Know the weather. For your fans to cool your home the most effectively, it is important that you know the weather outside. Never run your fans when the outside temperature exceeds your indoor temperature. In this case, close your shades to keep the air inside your home from heating up. Also, avoid running your fans when the forecast calls for rain. Moisture can easily ruin the motor of a box fan.
Are your box fans not doing the trick and you have already had enough of the sweltering temperatures this summer? Buckeye Heating & Cooling in the Columbus, Ohio area has been assisting residents with their heating and cooling needs since 1948. Whether you want to install a brand new air conditioning system or just need to repair an existing unit, Buckeye Heating & Cooling can help.