Using Your Fan and Air Conditioner in Utica04/13/2016The weather is finally getting warmer and soon you may have to change over to your air conditioner. Along with setting up your annual air conditioner service with the team at Main Heating & Cooling, Inc., there are a few other tasks you can do to remain comfortable and save money this season. During the transformation season in Utica, those far too few spring temps, you probably use ceiling fans to keep comfy. 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 money? In order to do that you have to make sure you’re using ceiling fans and your air conditioning as you should be. Here’s a few things to remember: 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 on your expenses. 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 length of the “on” cycle of your air conditioner. Adjust Air Direction Ceiling fans have a clockwise and counterclockwise setting to change depending on 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 what the thermostat says. 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 take in the wind chill that a fan offers 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 cozy and saving you money is important to us at Main Heating & Cooling, Inc. in Utica. We want to help you make the best decisions when it comes to heating and cooling your home. Call us at 586-731-0950 and speak with one of our air conditioner service professionals or you can easily set up an appointment with us online.