Stay cool and save some money together as the weather warms up – what could be better? This intermediate time in-between seasons and in-between the running of your furnace and air conditioner, you potentially haven’t turned your cooling system on yet and might just be using ceiling fans to cool your home when necessary. But did you know that using your fans with your air conditioner during the summer could actually be more effective and also save you more money?
Here’s how you can use your ceiling fans and your air conditioner properly together:
Adjust air direction
Based on the season, ceiling fans have the setting to run clockwise or counterclockwise. Air should be moving down during the summer months to circulate more air down. To test which way your fan is spinning, you can stand underneath the fan and determine if you experience the breeze, and if not, change the direction of the fan’s movement. While ceiling fans don’t make cool air, they can make you feel cooler through the wind chill effect.
Raise your thermostat
The greatest way to drop costs this summer is by raising your thermostat a couple of degrees. With the use of your ceiling fan, you won’t even feel the greater thermostat temperature and your coziness shouldn’t be altered too much. For every degree you raise the temperature in your home, you’re allowing your air conditioner to work less and possibly saving yourself money.
Turn off your fan when you're not home
Everyone should treat their ceiling fans like their lights; when not a single person is in the room, it’s better to turn them off. Running fans in rooms without anyone in them decreases the positives from the wind chill and wastes energy in your home.
Here at Brogan Heating & AC Inc in Rochester, we are all about ensuring your comfort while saving you money from your pocket. We want you to make the best decisions for your home and know all the options to make your summer as efficient and cozy as possible. If you have any questions about running your fan and air conditioner together, give us a call at 507-218-0088 and talk with one of our air conditioner specialists.