Using Your Fan and Air Conditioner in Hudsonville

April 13, 2016

The weather is finally heating up and soon you may have to turn over to your air conditioner. Along with arranging your annual air conditioner service with the experts at West Michigan Heating & Air Conditioning Services, there are a few other items you can do to keep cozy and save money this month.

During the in-between season in Hudsonville, those far too few spring temperatures, you likely use ceiling fans to keep cozy. Did you know that using your ceiling fan along with your air conditioner could not only keep you more comfortable during the warmer days, but also save you money? In order to do that you have to ensure you’re taking advantage of ceiling fans and your air conditioning correctly. 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 a couple 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 period of the “on” cycle of your air conditioner.

Adjust Air Direction

Ceiling fans have a clockwise and counterclockwise setting to switch 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, change 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 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 operating your fan. Remember, 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 in Hudsonville. We want to help you make the best decisions when it comes to heating and cooling your home. Call us at (616) 319-1436 and speak with one of our air conditioner service pros.