Stay comfy and save some money simultaneously as the weather heats up – what could be better? This time of the year in-between seasons and in-between usage of your furnace and air conditioner, you probably haven’t flipped 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 efficient and also save you more money?
Here’s how you can work your ceiling fans and your air conditioner appropriately together:
Adjust air direction
Contingent on the season, ceiling fans have the setting to run clockwise or counterclockwise. Air should be moving down during the hotter months to distribute more air down. To test which way your fan is moving, you can stand beneath the fan and see if you feel the breeze, and if not, change the direction 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 raising your thermostat a few degrees. With the use of your ceiling fan, you won’t even feel the greater thermostat temperature and your comfort levels shouldn’t be disturbed too much. For every degree you increase the temperature in your home, you’re helping your air conditioner to work not as hard 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 not a single person is in the room, it’s best to turn them off. Operating fans in rooms without anyone in them limits the advantages from the wind chill and misuses energy in your home.
Here at Assured Appliance and Heating & Air in Genoa, we are all about ensuring your comfort while saving you money from your pocket. We want you to make the best decisions for your home and know all the options to make your summer as efficient and cool as possible. If you have any questions about using your fan and air conditioner together, give us a call at 847-306-8990 and talk with one of our air conditioner experts.