Using Your Fan and Air Conditioner in South Beloit and Belvidere

April 13, 2016

The weather is finally getting warmer and soon you could have to turn over to your air conditioner. Along with scheduling your annual air conditioner service with the pros at Fleming Heating & Air Conditioning Inc, there are a number of other things you can do to keep cozy and save money this month.

During the transition season in South Beloit and Belvidere, 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 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 ensure you’re using ceiling fans and your air conditioning properly. Here’s a few things to keep in mind:

Raise Your Thermostat

This is where the cost savings can potentially come in. If you aren’t raising your thermostat you won’t be saving on your bills. Raising your thermostat by a couple degrees, in addition to using your ceiling fan, shouldn’t affect 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 adjust according to the season. During the warmer months you’ll want to make 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 lower the temperature of the 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 do lights, turn it off when leaving a room. If no one is in the room to feel the wind chill that a fan offers you’re wasting energy by operating your fan. Remember, 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 Fleming Heating & Air Conditioning Inc in South Beloit and Belvidere. We want to help you make good decisions when it comes to heating and cooling your home. Call us at 877-389-2465 and talk with one of our air conditioner service professionals.