Stay comfy and save some money simultaneously as the weather gets warmer – what could be better? This intermediate time in-between seasons and in-between the running of your furnace and air conditioner, you possibly haven’t flipped your cooling system on yet and might just be using ceiling fans to cool your home when essential. But did you know that running your fans with your air conditioner throughout the summer could actually be more efficient and also save you more money?
Here’s how you can utilize your ceiling fans and your air conditioner correctly together:
Adjust air direction
Based on the season, ceiling fans have the possibility to run clockwise or counterclockwise. Air should be blowing down during the hotter months to circulate more air down. To test which way your fan is spinning, you can stand below the fan and see if you sense 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 colder through the wind chill effect.
Raise your thermostat
The best way to drop costs this summer is by increasing 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 affected too much. For every degree you increase the temperature in your home, you’re helping your air conditioner to work not as much and potentially saving yourself money.
Turn off your fan when you're not home
Everyone should consider their ceiling fans like their lights; when nobody is in the room, it’s best 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 Heartland Heating & Cooling in Des Moines, we are all about ensuring your comfort while saving you some cash. We want you to make the best 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 515-344-3579 and talk with one of our air conditioner specialists.