Using Your Fan and Air Conditioner in Excelsior Springs04/13/2016 Stay comfortable and save some money at the same time as the weather heats up – what could be better? This time in-between seasons and in-between the running of your furnace and air conditioner, you potentially haven’t flipped your cooling system on yet and could just be using ceiling fans to cool your home when needed. But did you know that running your fans with your air conditioner in the summer could in fact be more efficient and also save you more money? Here’s how you can use your ceiling fans and your air conditioner appropriately together: Adjust air direction Depending on the season, ceiling fans have the option to run clockwise or counterclockwise. Air should be blowing 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 check if you sense the breeze, and if not, change the route of the fan’s movement. While ceiling fans don’t generate cool air, they can make you feel cooler through the wind chill effect. Raise your thermostat The best way to cut costs this summer is by boosting your thermostat a few degrees. With the use of your ceiling fan, you won’t even sense the warmer thermostat temperature and your well-being shouldn’t be affected too much. For every degree you raise the temperature in your home, you’re allowing your air conditioner to work not as much and possibly saving yourself money. Turn off your fan when you're not home Everyone should think about their ceiling fans like their lights; when nobody is in the room, it’s best to turn them off. Turning on fans in rooms without anyone in them decreases the advantages from the wind chill and wastes energy in your home. Here at Colvin's Inc in Excelsior Springs, we are all about ensuring your comfort while saving you some cash. We want you to make the ideal decisions for your home and know all the choices to make your summer as efficient and comfortable as possible. If you have any questions about using your fan and air conditioner together, give us a call at 816-630-2702 and talk with one of our air conditioner experts or schedule an appointment with us online.