Using Your Fan and Air Conditioner in Beaverton04/13/2016 Stay comfy 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 running your fans with your air conditioner throughout the summer could in fact be more comfortable 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 option to run clockwise or counterclockwise. Air should be moving down during the summer months to circulate more air down. To test which way your fan is traveling, you can stand below 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 cut costs this summer is by increasing your thermostat a couple of degrees. With the use of your ceiling fan, you won’t even sense the higher thermostat temperature and your coziness shouldn’t be affected too much. For every degree you add to the temperature in your home, you’re helping your air conditioner to work less 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 limits the advantages from the wind chill and wastes energy in your home. Here at Garoken Energy Co. Inc. in Beaverton, we are all about ensuring 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 comfortable as possible. If you have any questions about using your fan and air conditioner together, give us a call at 503-848-3838 and talk with one of our air conditioner professionals or set up an appointment with us online.