Stay comfy and save some money together 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 potentially haven’t turned your cooling system on yet and may just be using ceiling fans to cool your home when necessary. But did you know that using your fans with your air conditioner during 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 properly together:
Adjust air direction
Based on the season, ceiling fans have the option to run clockwise or counterclockwise. Air should be blowing down during the warmer months to push more air down. To test which way your fan is traveling, you can stand beneath the fan and check if you sense the breeze, and if not, vary the direction 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 cut costs this summer is by increasing your thermostat a few degrees. With the assistance of your ceiling fan, you won’t even notice the warmer thermostat temperature and your comfort levels shouldn’t be altered too much. For every degree you increase the temperature in your home, you’re helping your air conditioner to work not as much and possibly 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. Operating fans in rooms without anyone in them decreases the advantages from the wind chill and misuses energy in your home.
Here at Strine's Heating & Air Conditioning in York, we are all about ensuring your comfort while saving you a few bucks. We want you to make the ideal decisions for your home and know all the options to make your summer as efficient and comfortable as possible. If you have any questions about running your fan and air conditioner together, give us a call at 717-383-4479 and speak with one of our air conditioner professionals.