Using Your Fan and Air Conditioner in Columbia04/13/2016The weather is finally warming up and soon you could have to switch over to your air conditioner. Along with setting up your annual air conditioner service with the team at Watts Electric & A/C Inc, there are a number of other items you can do to stay comfy and save money this month. During the transformation season in Columbia, those far too few spring days, you likely use ceiling fans to keep cool. Did you know that operating your ceiling fan along with your air conditioner could not only keep you more cozy during the warmer days, but also save you on your bills? In order to do that you have to ensure you’re using ceiling fans and your air conditioning properly. Here’s a handful of things to keep in mind: 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 very much. For every degree you raise your temperature, you’re lessening the period of the “on” cycle of your air conditioner. Adjust Air Direction Ceiling fans have a clockwise and counterclockwise setting to adjust dependent on the season. During the warmer months you’ll want to make sure the air is blowing down. You can stand below the fan to see if you feel a breeze. If you don’t, change the direction. Ceiling fans do not actually lower the temperature of the air, 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 provides you’re wasting energy by running your fan. Remember, 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 chat with one of our air conditioner service pros or you can easily set up an appointment with us online.