Using Your Fan and Air Conditioner in Marshalltown04/13/2016 Stay cool and save some money simultaneously as the weather heats up – what could be better? This intermediate time in-between seasons and in-between the running of your furnace and air conditioner, you possibly haven’t flipped your cooling system on yet and may just be using ceiling fans to cool your home when necessary. But did you know that using your fans with your air conditioner during the summer could in fact be more effective and also save you more money? Here’s how you can work your ceiling fans and your air conditioner correctly together: Adjust air direction Contingent on the season, ceiling fans have the option to run clockwise or counterclockwise. Air should be moving down during the warmer months to distribute more air down. To find out which way your fan is traveling, you can stand beneath the fan and determine if you sense the breeze, and if not, alter the route of the fan’s movement. While ceiling fans don’t make cool air, they can make you feel cooler through the wind chill effect. Raise your thermostat The best way to drop costs this summer is by boosting your thermostat some degrees. With the use of your ceiling fan, you won’t even feel the greater thermostat temperature and your comfort levels shouldn’t be affected too much. For every degree you add to the temperature in your home, you’re helping your air conditioner to work less and potentially saving yourself money. Turn off your fan when you're not home Everyone should think about their ceiling fans like their lights; when no one is in the room, it’s best to turn them off. Operating fans in rooms without anyone in them restricts the positives from the wind chill and misuses energy in your home. Here at B & G HVAC in Marshalltown, we are all about ensuring your comfort while saving you money from your pocket. We want you to make the best decisions for your home and know all the options to make your summer as efficient and cool as possible. If you have any questions about using your fan and air conditioner together, give us a call at 641-752-3429 and speak with one of our air conditioner specialists or set up an appointment with us online.