The weather is finally warming up and soon you might have to turn over to your air conditioner. Along with setting up your annual air conditioner service with the experts at James Heating & A/C, Inc, there are a few other things you can do to keep comfy and save money this month.
During the in-between season in Lexington, those far too few spring days, you probably use ceiling fans to keep comfy. Did you know that operating your ceiling fan along with your air conditioner could not only keep you more comfortable during the warmer days, but also save you on energy costs? In order to do that you have to ensure you’re utilizing ceiling fans and your air conditioning properly. Here’s a few things to remember:
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 affect your comfort level very much. For every degree you raise your temperature, you’re decreasing 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 make 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 lower the temperature of the air, but they make you feel cooler. It’s the wind chill effect. You’ll feel cooler than what the thermostat says.
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 offers you’re wasting energy by using your fan. Remember, a fan doesn’t actually cool your air, it just moves your air.
Keeping you cozy and saving you money is important to us at James Heating & A/C, Inc in Lexington. We want to help you make great decisions when it comes to heating and cooling your home. Call us at 336-853-6070 and talk with one of our air conditioner service pros.