Using Your Fan and Air Conditioner in Kearney

The weather is finally heating up and soon you may have to change over to your air conditioner. Along with scheduling your annual air conditioner service with the experts at Thurston Heating & Air Conditioning, there are a few other items you can do to keep comfortable and save money throughout the year.

During the transition season in Kearney, those far too few spring temps, you probably use ceiling fans to keep cool. 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 using ceiling fans and your air conditioning as you should be. Here’s a few 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 on your bills. Raising your thermostat by a couple 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 switch 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 the temperature shown 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 take in the wind chill that a fan offers 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 cozy and saving you money is important to us at Thurston Heating & Air Conditioning in Kearney. We want to help you make good decisions when it comes to heating and cooling your home. Call us at 308-624-3485 and speak with one of our air conditioner service professionals.

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