The weather is finally getting warmer and soon you could have to switch over to your air conditioner. Along with setting up your annual air conditioner service with the pros at Bain Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc, there are a few other tasks you can do to remain cozy and save money throughout the year.
During the in-between season in Heflin, those far too few spring days, you probably use ceiling fans to keep comfy. Did you know that running your ceiling fan along with your air conditioner could not only keep you more comfy during the warmer days, but also save you on energy costs? In order to do that you have to ensure you’re taking advantage of 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 potentially come in. If you aren’t raising your thermostat you won’t be saving on your bills. Raising your thermostat by a couple degrees, in addition to utilizing your ceiling fan, shouldn’t impact your comfort level too much. For every degree you raise your temperature, you’re decreasing the duration of the “on” cycle of your air conditioner.
Adjust Air Direction
Ceiling fans have a clockwise and counterclockwise setting to adjust depending on the season. During the warmer months you’ll want to be sure the air is blowing down. You can stand underneath 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 you do 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. Keep in mind, 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 Bain Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc in Heflin. We want to help you make good decisions when it comes to heating and cooling your home. Call us at 256-270-1196 and talk with one of our air conditioner service experts.