Stay comfortable and save some money simultaneously as the weather gets warmer – what could be better? This time in-between seasons and in-between the running of your furnace and air conditioner, you possibly haven’t flipped your cooling system on yet and could 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 actually be more comfortable and also save you more money?
Here’s how you can utilize your ceiling fans and your air conditioner properly together:
Adjust air direction
Depending on the season, ceiling fans have the setting to run clockwise or counterclockwise. Air should be moving down during the summer months to push more air down. To test which way your fan is traveling, you can stand underneath the fan and check if you feel the breeze, and if not, alter the course of the fan’s movement. While ceiling fans don’t generate cool air, they can make you feel colder through the wind chill effect.
Raise your thermostat
The ideal way to reduce costs this summer is by raising your thermostat a couple of degrees. With the help of your ceiling fan, you won’t even sense the warmer thermostat temperature and your coziness shouldn’t be affected too much. For every degree you add to the temperature in your home, you’re allowing your air conditioner to work not as hard and feasibly saving yourself money.
Turn off your fan when you're not home
Everyone should treat their ceiling fans like their lights; when no one is in the room, it’s better to turn them off. Turning on fans in rooms without anyone in them decreases the benefits from the wind chill and wastes energy in your home.
Here at Garoken Energy Co. Inc. in Beaverton, we are all about guaranteeing your comfort while saving you a few bucks. We want you to make the perfect decisions for your home and know all the options 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 503-374-1934 and speak with one of our air conditioner professionals.