Using Your Fan and Air Conditioner in Pocatello

April 13, 2016

The weather is finally getting warmer and soon you may have to switch over to your air conditioner. Along with scheduling your annual air conditioner service with the team at Vogts Heating & Air, there are some other items you can do to remain comfy and save money this season.

During the in-between season in Pocatello, those far too few spring temperatures, you likely use ceiling fans to keep cozy. Did you know that running your ceiling fan along with your air conditioner might not only keep you more comfortable during the warmer days, but also save you on your bills? In order to do that you have to make sure you’re taking advantage of 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 possibly come in. If you aren’t raising your thermostat you won’t be saving any money. Raising your thermostat by even a couple degrees, in addition to utilizing your ceiling fan, shouldn’t impact 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 change 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, 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 they are 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. Don’t forget, 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 Vogts Heating & Air in Pocatello. We want to help you make the best decisions when it comes to heating and cooling your home. Call us at 208-621-0129 and speak with one of our air conditioner service professionals.