The weather is finally heating up and soon you could have to change over to your air conditioner. Along with scheduling your annual air conditioner service with the experts at Watts Electric & A/C Inc, there are a few other things you can do to keep comfortable and save money throughout the year.
During the in-between season in Columbia, those far too few spring temperatures, you likely use ceiling fans to keep cool. Did you know that using your ceiling fan along with your air conditioner could not only keep you more cozy during the warmer days, but also save you on energy costs? In order to do that you have to make sure you’re taking advantage of ceiling fans and your air conditioning correctly. Here’s a handful of things to note:
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 even a couple degrees, in addition to utilizing your ceiling fan, shouldn’t affect your comfort level that much. For every degree you raise your temperature, you’re lowering the duration of the “on” cycle of your air conditioner.
Adjust Air Direction
Ceiling fans have a clockwise and counterclockwise setting to switch according to the season. During the warmer months you’ll want to be sure the air is blowing down. You can stand below the fan to see if you feel a breeze. If you don’t, switch 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 shown on the thermostat.
Turn Off Fan When You’re Not There
Treat your ceiling fan like you would lights, turn it off when leaving a room. If no one is in the room to feel 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 comfortable and saving you money is important to us at Watts Electric & A/C Inc in Columbia. We want to help you make good decisions when it comes to heating and cooling your home. Call us at 601-736-7362 and speak with one of our air conditioner service experts.