Stay comfortable and save some money at the same time as the weather warms up – what could be better? This intermediate time in-between seasons and in-between the running of your furnace and air conditioner, you probably 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 throughout the summer could in fact be more comfortable and also save you more money?
Here’s how you can work your ceiling fans and your air conditioner appropriately together:
Adjust air direction
Depending on the season, ceiling fans have the option to run clockwise or counterclockwise. Air should be wafting down during the summer months to distribute 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 direction of the fan’s movement. While ceiling fans don’t make cool air, they can make you feel comfortable through the wind chill effect.
Raise your thermostat
The greatest way to drop costs this summer is by raising your thermostat a couple of degrees. With the help of your ceiling fan, you won’t even notice the greater thermostat temperature and your coziness shouldn’t be altered too much. For every degree you increase the temperature in your home, you’re permitting your air conditioner to work less and potentially saving yourself money.
Turn off your fan when you're not home
Everyone should consider their ceiling fans like their lights; when no one is in the room, it’s ideal to turn them off. Turning on fans in rooms without anyone in them limits the benefits from the wind chill and decreases energy in your home.
Here at MPC Heating & Cooling in Chadron, we are all about guaranteeing your comfort while saving you money from your pocket. We want you to make the best decisions for your home and know all the choices to make your summer as efficient and cool as possible. If you have any questions about running your fan and air conditioner together, give us a call at 308-832-4321 and talk with one of our air conditioner experts.