Using Your Fan and Air Conditioner in Ellsworth

April 13, 2016

The weather is finally warming up and soon you may have to turn over to your air conditioner. Along with scheduling your annual air conditioner service with the experts at Walter's-Eaton's Electric, Plumbing, Heating & AC, there are a number of other items you can do to keep comfortable and save money this season.

During the transition season in Ellsworth, those far too few spring days, you likely use ceiling fans to keep cozy. Did you know that running your ceiling fan along with your air conditioner may 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 make sure you’re utilizing ceiling fans and your air conditioning as you should be. Here’s a couple 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 running your ceiling fan, shouldn’t change your comfort level too much. For every degree you raise your temperature, you’re lessening the duration of the “on” cycle of your air conditioner.

Adjust Air Direction

Ceiling fans have a clockwise and counterclockwise setting to switch depending on the season. During the warmer months you’ll want to make sure the air is blowing down. You can stand underneath 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 on the thermostat.

Turn Off Fan When You’re Not There

Treat your ceiling fan like you do 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 running 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 Walter's-Eaton's Electric, Plumbing, Heating & AC in Ellsworth. We want to help you make great decisions when it comes to heating and cooling your home. Call us at 715-318-6728 and chat with one of our air conditioner service experts.