Using Your Fan and Air Conditioner in Colfax04/13/2016 Stay cool and save some money simultaneously as the weather warms up – what could be better? This time of the year in-between seasons and in-between utilization of your furnace and air conditioner, you potentially haven’t turned your cooling system on yet and may just be using ceiling fans to cool your home when necessary. But did you know that using your fans with your air conditioner during the summer could sometimes be more effective and also save you more money? Here’s how you can use your ceiling fans and your air conditioner properly together: Adjust air direction Based on the season, ceiling fans have the possibility to run clockwise or counterclockwise. Air should be wafting down during the hotter months to push more air down. To test which way your fan is spinning, you can stand underneath the fan and determine if you feel the breeze, and if not, vary the course of the fan’s movement. While ceiling fans don’t generate cool air, they can make you feel cooler through the wind chill effect. Raise your thermostat The best way to cut costs this summer is by boosting your thermostat a couple of degrees. With the use of your ceiling fan, you won’t even notice the warmer thermostat temperature and your comfort levels shouldn’t be affected too much. For every degree you increase the temperature in your home, you’re permitting your air conditioner to work less and feasibly saving yourself money. Turn off your fan when you're not home Everyone should think about their ceiling fans like their lights; when nobody is in the room, it’s best to turn them off. Running fans in rooms without anyone in them decreases the benefits from the wind chill and misuses energy in your home. Here at Ackerman Heating & Air Conditioning in Colfax, we are all about ensuring your comfort while saving you a few bucks. We want you to make the best decisions for your home and know all the possibilities to make your summer as efficient and cool as possible. If you have any questions about utilizing your fan and air conditioner together, give us a call at 509-397-3622 and talk with one of our air conditioner experts or set up an appointment with us online.