Using Your Fan and Air Conditioner in Chadron04/13/2016 Stay comfortable and save some money at the same time as the weather heats up – what could be better? This time of the year in-between seasons and in-between the running of your furnace and air conditioner, you probably haven’t switched your cooling system on yet and might 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 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 Contingent on the season, ceiling fans have the setting to run clockwise or counterclockwise. Air should be blowing down during the summer months to distribute more air down. To check which way your fan is spinning, you can stand below the fan and see if you feel the breeze, and if not, change the course 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 greatest way to drop costs this summer is by increasing your thermostat a few degrees. With the use of your ceiling fan, you won’t even notice the greater thermostat temperature and your comfort levels shouldn’t be altered too much. For every degree you increase the temperature in your home, you’re permitting your air conditioner to work not as hard and possibly 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 decreases the benefits from the wind chill and decreases energy in your home. Here at MPC Heating & Cooling in Chadron, we are all about ensuring your comfort while saving you money from your pocket. We want you to make the perfect 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 using your fan and air conditioner together, give us a call at 308-432-5301 and speak with one of our air conditioner experts or schedule an appointment with us online.