Using Your Fan and Air Conditioner in Beaverton04/13/2016The weather is finally heating up and soon you might have to change over to your air conditioner. Along with setting up your annual air conditioner service with the experts at Garoken Energy Co. Inc., there are a number of other items you can do to keep comfy and save money this month. During the in-between season in Beaverton, those far too few spring temps, you may use ceiling fans to keep comfy. Did you know that operating your ceiling fan along with your air conditioner may not only keep you more comfortable during the warmer days, but also save you on energy costs? In order to do that you have to ensure you’re utilizing ceiling fans and your air conditioning properly. Here’s a handful of things to remember: Raise Your Thermostat This is where the cost savings can possibly come in. If you aren’t raising your thermostat you won’t be saving any money. Raising your thermostat by a couple degrees, in addition to using your ceiling fan, shouldn’t impact your comfort level that much. For every degree you raise your temperature, you’re lessening the duration of the “on” cycle of your air conditioner. Adjust Air Direction Ceiling fans have a clockwise and counterclockwise setting to change depending on the season. During the warmer months you’ll want to make sure the air is blowing down. You can stand beneath the fan to see if you feel a breeze. If you don’t, change the direction. Ceiling fans do not actually decrease the air temperature, but they make you feel cooler. It’s the wind chill effect. You’ll feel cooler than the temperature on the thermostat. Turn Off Fan When You’re Not There Treat your ceiling fan like they are lights, turn it off when leaving a room. If no one is in the room to benefit from the wind chill that a fan produces you’re wasting energy by using your fan. Don’t forget, a fan doesn’t actually cool your air, it just moves your air. Keeping you comfortable and saving you money is important to us at Garoken Energy Co. Inc. in Beaverton. We want to help you make great decisions when it comes to heating and cooling your home. Call us at 503-848-3838 and chat with one of our air conditioner service professionals or you can easily arrange an appointment with us online.