Using Your Fan and Air Conditioner in Cedar Rapids

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 team at Ilten's Incorporated, there are a number of other items you can do to keep cozy and save money this month.

During the transition season in Cedar Rapids, those far too few spring days, you probably use ceiling fans to keep comfy. Did you know that running your ceiling fan along with your air conditioner could not only keep you more cozy during the warmer days, but also save you money? 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 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 on your bills. Raising your thermostat by a few degrees, in addition to using your ceiling fan, shouldn’t change your comfort level too much. For every degree you raise your temperature, you’re decreasing the length 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 be sure the air is blowing down. You can stand underneath the fan to see if you feel a breeze. If you don’t, change 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 shown on the thermostat.

Turn Off Fan When You’re Not There

Treat your ceiling fan like you would lights, turn it off when leaving a room. If no one is in the room to benefit from the wind chill that a fan offers 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 comfy and saving you money is important to us at in Cedar Rapids. We want to help you make the best decisions when it comes to heating and cooling your home. Call us at 319-208-3295 and talk with one of our air conditioner service experts.