Stay comfy and save some money simultaneously 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 probably haven’t switched your cooling system on yet and could just be using ceiling fans to cool your home when necessary. But did you know that using your fans with your air conditioner in the summer could sometimes be more effective and also save you more money?
Here’s how you can use your ceiling fans and your air conditioner correctly together:
Adjust air direction
Contingent on the season, ceiling fans have the option to run clockwise or counterclockwise. Air should be blowing down during the hotter months to circulate more air down. To find out which way your fan is spinning, you can stand below the fan and determine if you feel the breeze, and if not, vary the route 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 ideal way to reduce costs this summer is by boosting your thermostat a few degrees. With the use of your ceiling fan, you won’t even feel the greater thermostat temperature and your coziness shouldn’t be affected too much. For every degree you raise the temperature in your home, you’re permitting your air conditioner to work not as hard and potentially saving yourself money.
Turn off your fan when you're not home
Everyone should treat their ceiling fans like their lights; when no one is in the room, it’s better to turn them off. Turning on fans in rooms without anyone in them restricts the positives from the wind chill and misuses energy in your home.
Here at Home Comfort Heating & Air in Elk River, we are all about certifying your comfort while saving you a few bucks. 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 using your fan and air conditioner together, give us a call at 763-276-0617 and talk with one of our air conditioner specialists.