Stay cool and save some money together as the weather warms 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 potentially haven’t switched your cooling system on yet and could just be using ceiling fans to cool your home when needed. But did you know that utilizing your fans with your air conditioner in 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
Depending on the season, ceiling fans have the option to run clockwise or counterclockwise. Air should be blowing down during the hotter months to distribute more air down. To test which way your fan is spinning, you can stand below the fan and see if you experience 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 best way to cut costs this summer is by increasing your thermostat a couple of degrees. With the use of your ceiling fan, you won’t even feel the warmer thermostat temperature and your comfort levels shouldn’t be altered too much. For every degree you add to the temperature in your home, you’re allowing your air conditioner to work less and feasibly 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 wastes energy in your home.
Here at Patterson & Stirling Inc in Erie, we are all about guaranteeing your comfort while saving you money from your pocket. We want you to make the ideal 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 814-308-0416 and speak with one of our air conditioner specialists.