Using Your Fan and Air Conditioner in McMurray

April 13, 2016

The weather is finally getting warmer and soon you could have to change over to your air conditioner. Along with scheduling your annual air conditioner service with the team at Kowalski Heating, Cooling & Plumbing, there are some other tasks you can do to remain cozy and save money throughout the year.

During the transition season in McMurray, those far too few spring days, you likely use ceiling fans to keep cozy. Did you know that using your ceiling fan along with your air conditioner might 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 be sure you’re taking advantage of ceiling fans and your air conditioning as you should be. Here’s a few things to keep in mind:

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 on your bills. Raising your thermostat by a few degrees, in addition to using your ceiling fan, shouldn’t impact your comfort level too much. For every degree you raise your temperature, you’re lowering the period of the “on” cycle of your air conditioner.

Adjust Air Direction

Ceiling fans have a clockwise and counterclockwise setting to change dependent on the season. During the warmer months you’ll want to ensure the air is blowing down. You can stand below the fan to see if you feel a breeze. If you don’t, adjust 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 take in the wind chill that a fan produces you’re wasting energy by operating your fan. Keep in mind, a fan doesn’t actually cool your air, it just moves your air.

Keeping you comfy and saving you money is important to us at Kowalski Heating & Cooling in McMurray. We want to help you make the best decisions when it comes to heating and cooling your home. Call us at 724-370-0141 and speak with one of our air conditioner service pros.