Stay cool and save some money simultaneously as the weather gets warmer – what could be better? This time in-between seasons and in-between the running of your furnace and air conditioner, you probably haven’t flipped your cooling system on yet and could just be using ceiling fans to cool your home when essential. But did you know that running your fans with your air conditioner during 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 properly together:
Adjust air direction
Based on the season, ceiling fans have the setting to run clockwise or counterclockwise. Air should be blowing down during the warmer months to circulate more air down. To find out which way your fan is traveling, you can stand below the fan and determine if you feel the breeze, and if not, change the direction of the fan’s movement. While ceiling fans don’t create cool air, they can make you feel comfortable through the wind chill effect.
Raise your thermostat
The best way to cut costs this summer is by increasing your thermostat some degrees. With the help 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 permitting your air conditioner to work not as much and potentially saving yourself money.
Turn off your fan when you're not home
Everyone should think about their ceiling fans like their lights; when no one is in the room, it’s ideal to turn them off. Operating fans in rooms without anyone in them decreases the benefits from the wind chill and decreases energy in your home.
Here at Colvin's Heating and Cooling in Excelsior Springs, we are all about ensuring your comfort while saving you a few bucks. We want you to make the perfect decisions for your home and know all the possibilities 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 816-379-3918 and speak with one of our air conditioner experts.