Using Your Fan and Air Conditioner in West Columbia

April 13, 2016

The weather is finally heating up and soon you may have to turn over to your air conditioner. Along with scheduling your annual air conditioner service with the experts at Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc., there are some other things you can do to remain cozy and save money this season.

During the transformation season in West Columbia, those far too few spring days, you may use ceiling fans to keep cool. Did you know that operating your ceiling fan along with your air conditioner could not only keep you more comfortable during the warmer days, but also save you on energy costs? In order to do that you have to ensure you’re taking advantage of ceiling fans and your air conditioning properly. Here’s a handful of 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 on your expenses. Raising your thermostat by even a couple degrees, in addition to running your ceiling fan, shouldn’t change your comfort level that much. For every degree you raise your temperature, you’re lowering the duration of the “on” cycle of your air conditioner.

Adjust Air Direction

Ceiling fans have a clockwise and counterclockwise setting to change according to the season. During the warmer months you’ll want to ensure 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 cool your 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 benefit from the wind chill that a fan provides you’re wasting energy by using your fan. Remember, 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 Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc. in West Columbia. We want to help you make great decisions when it comes to heating and cooling your home. Call us at 803-265-4208 and chat with one of our air conditioner service experts.