Using Your Fan and Air Conditioner in Erie04/13/2016 Stay comfortable and save some money simultaneously as the weather heats up – what could be better? This intermediate time in-between seasons and in-between usage of your furnace and air conditioner, you potentially haven’t flipped your cooling system on yet and might just be using ceiling fans to cool your home when needed. But did you know that running your fans with your air conditioner during the summer could actually be more efficient and also save you more money? Here’s how you can use your ceiling fans and your air conditioner correctly together: Adjust air direction Contingent on the season, ceiling fans have the possibility to run clockwise or counterclockwise. Air should be blowing down during the warmer months to circulate more air down. To find out which way your fan is spinning, you can stand underneath the fan and determine if you sense the breeze, and if not, vary the course of the fan’s movement. While ceiling fans don’t generate cool air, they can make you feel cooler through the wind chill effect. Raise your thermostat The ideal way to cut costs this summer is by boosting your thermostat a few degrees. With the assistance of your ceiling fan, you won’t even notice the higher thermostat temperature and your comfort levels shouldn’t be disturbed too much. For every degree you raise the temperature in your home, you’re permitting 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 limits the benefits from the wind chill and decreases energy in your home. Here at Patterson & Stirling Inc in Erie, we are all about ensuring your comfort while saving you a few bucks. We want you to make the best decisions for your home and know all the possibilities to make your summer as efficient and cozy as possible. If you have any questions about utilizing your fan and air conditioner together, give us a call at 814-833-5558 and talk with one of our air conditioner experts or schedule an appointment with us online.