Using Your Fan and Air Conditioner in Ballwin and St. Charles

April 13, 2016

The weather is finally warming up and soon you could have to switch over to your air conditioner. Along with arranging your annual air conditioner service with the team at Air Alliance Team, there are a number of other items you can do to stay comfortable and save money throughout the year.

During the transition season in Ballwin and St. Charles, those far too few spring temps, 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 money? 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 few things to keep in mind:

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 any money. Raising your thermostat by a few degrees, in addition to running your ceiling fan, shouldn’t affect your comfort level that much. For every degree you raise your temperature, you’re lessening the length of the “on” cycle of your air conditioner.

Adjust Air Direction

Ceiling fans have a clockwise and counterclockwise setting to switch depending on the season. During the warmer months you’ll want to be sure the air is blowing down. You can stand beneath 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 what the thermostat says.

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 provides you’re wasting energy by running your fan. Keep in mind, a fan doesn’t actually cool your air, it just moves your air.

Keeping you comfy and saving you money is important to us at Air Alliance Team in Ballwin and St. Charles. We want to help you make good decisions when it comes to heating and cooling your home. Call us at 636-206-4250 and talk with one of our air conditioner service pros.