Using Your Fan and Air Conditioner in Kearney

The weather is finally warming up and soon you might 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 comfy and save money throughout the year.

During the transition season in Kearney, 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 comfy 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 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 running your ceiling fan, shouldn’t impact 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 underneath 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 would lights, turn it off when leaving a room. If no one is in the room to take in the wind chill that a fan produces you’re wasting energy by operating 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 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 talk with one of our air conditioner service pros.

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