Using Your Fan and Air Conditioner in Keokuk

April 13, 2016

The weather is finally heating up and soon you might have to switch over to your air conditioner. Along with scheduling your annual air conditioner service with the pros at WM J Kraus & Son, there are a few other items you can do to keep comfortable and save money this month.

During the in-between season in Keokuk, those far too few spring temperatures, 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 comfy during the warmer days, but also save you money? In order to do that you have to ensure you’re taking advantage of ceiling fans and your air conditioning as you should be. Here’s a couple things to note:

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 using your ceiling fan, shouldn’t affect your comfort level that 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 switch depending 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, adjust the direction. Ceiling fans do not actually decrease the air temperature, 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 they are lights, turn it off when leaving a room. If no one is in the room to feel the wind chill that a fan provides you’re wasting energy by using 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 WM J Kraus & Son in Keokuk. We want to help you make the best decisions when it comes to heating and cooling your home. Call us at 319-229-2318 and talk with one of our air conditioner service pros.