Using Your Fan and Air Conditioner in Kearney

April 13, 2016

The weather is finally warming up and soon you may have to switch over to your air conditioner. Along with setting up your annual air conditioner service with the experts at Thurston Heating & Air Conditioning, there are a few other tasks you can do to keep comfortable and save money this season.

During the transformation season in Kearney, those far too few spring days, you may use ceiling fans to keep cozy. 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 using ceiling fans and your air conditioning as you should be. Here’s a few things to remember:

Raise Your Thermostat

This is where the cost savings can have the chance to 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 running your ceiling fan, shouldn’t affect your comfort level too much. For every degree you raise your temperature, you’re lowering the length of the “on” cycle of your air conditioner.

Adjust Air Direction

Ceiling fans have a clockwise and counterclockwise setting to switch according to the season. During the warmer months you’ll want to be sure the air is blowing down. You can stand below the fan to see if you feel a breeze. If you don’t, adjust 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 take in the wind chill that a fan provides 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 comfortable 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 professionals.