Using Your Fan and Air Conditioner in Lexington04/13/2016The weather is finally getting warmer and soon you might have to switch over to your air conditioner. Along with arranging your annual air conditioner service with the pros at James Heating & A/C, Inc, there are some other tasks you can do to stay cozy and save money throughout the year. During the transformation season in Lexington, those far too few spring temperatures, you may use ceiling fans to keep cool. Did you know that running 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 as you should be. Here’s a couple 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 expenses. Raising your thermostat by a few degrees, in addition to running your ceiling fan, shouldn’t affect your comfort level very 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 adjust depending on the season. During the warmer months you’ll want to be sure the air is blowing down. You can stand beneath the fan to see if you feel a breeze. If you don’t, switch the direction. Ceiling fans do not actually cool your 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 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 offers 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 comfy 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 chat with one of our air conditioner service experts or you can easily schedule an appointment with us online.