Using Your Fan and Air Conditioner in Sacramento

April 13, 2016

The weather is finally getting warmer and soon you could have to change over to your air conditioner. Along with scheduling your annual air conditioner service with the experts at American HVAC Inc, there are a number of other items you can do to stay cozy and save money throughout the year.

During the transition season in Sacramento, those far too few spring days, you probably use ceiling fans to keep comfy. Did you know that operating your ceiling fan along with your air conditioner may not only keep you more comfy during the warmer days, but also save you on your bills? In order to do that you have to be sure you’re using ceiling fans and your air conditioning correctly. Here’s a few things to note:

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 affect your comfort level very much. For every degree you raise your temperature, you’re decreasing the period 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 ensure the air is blowing down. You can stand beneath the fan to see if you feel a breeze. If you don’t, change 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 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 take in the wind chill that a fan produces you’re wasting energy by operating 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 American HVAC Inc in Sacramento. We want to help you make great decisions when it comes to heating and cooling your home. Call us at 916-243-6714 and speak with one of our air conditioner service pros.