Using Your Fan and Air Conditioner in Plainfield04/13/2016The weather is finally getting warmer and soon you could have to switch over to your air conditioner. Along with setting up your annual air conditioner service with the pros at PWA Heating & Cooling Inc, there are some other items you can do to remain comfortable and save money this season. During the transformation season in Plainfield, those far too few spring days, you likely 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 cozy during the warmer days, but also save you on energy costs? In order to do that you have to make sure you’re utilizing ceiling fans and your air conditioning correctly. Here’s a handful of things to remember: 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 few degrees, in addition to running your ceiling fan, shouldn’t impact your comfort level very much. For every degree you raise your temperature, you’re lowering the length of the “on” cycle of your air conditioner. Adjust Air Direction Ceiling fans have a clockwise and counterclockwise setting to adjust dependent on the season. During the warmer months you’ll want to make sure 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 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 benefit from the wind chill that a fan provides you’re wasting energy by operating your fan. Keep in mind, 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 PWA Heating & Cooling Inc in Plainfield. We want to help you make the best decisions when it comes to heating and cooling your home. Call us at 815-768-6656 and talk with one of our air conditioner service professionals or you can easily arrange an appointment with us online.