Stay comfortable and save some money simultaneously as the weather gets warmer – what could be better? This time in-between seasons and in-between usage of your furnace and air conditioner, you probably 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 utilizing your fans with your air conditioner in the summer could in fact be more effective 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 setting to run clockwise or counterclockwise. Air should be blowing down during the hotter months to distribute more air down. To check which way your fan is spinning, you can stand underneath the fan and determine if you experience the breeze, and if not, change 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 best way to drop costs this summer is by boosting your thermostat some degrees. With the use of your ceiling fan, you won’t even feel the greater thermostat temperature and your well-being shouldn’t be altered too much. For every degree you increase the temperature in your home, you’re helping 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 best to turn them off. Running fans in rooms without anyone in them restricts the advantages from the wind chill and decreases energy in your home.
Here at Lakeside Heating & Air in Chelan and Wenatchee, we are all about certifying your comfort while saving you a few bucks. We want you to make the ideal decisions for your home and know all the choices 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 509-284-4265 and speak with one of our air conditioner specialists.