The weather is finally warming up and soon you could have to change over to your air conditioner. Along with setting up your annual air conditioner service with the pros at Appalachian Heating, there are some other items you can do to remain comfy and save money this month.
During the in-between season in Beckley and Mount Hope, those far too few spring temperatures, you likely use ceiling fans to keep comfy. Did you know that operating your ceiling fan along with your air conditioner might 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 be sure you’re utilizing ceiling fans and your air conditioning properly. Here’s a handful of 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 a couple degrees, in addition to using your ceiling fan, shouldn’t change your comfort level that 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 change dependent on 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, switch the direction. Ceiling fans do not actually decrease the air temperature, 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 feel the wind chill that a fan produces you’re wasting energy by running your fan. Don’t forget, 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 Appalachian Heating in Beckley and Mount Hope. We want to help you make great decisions when it comes to heating and cooling your home. Call us at 304-707-0600 and speak with one of our air conditioner service experts.