Using Your Fan and Air Conditioner in Cedar Rapids04/13/2016 Stay comfy and save some money at the same time as the weather heats up – what could be better? This intermediate time in-between seasons and in-between usage of your furnace and air conditioner, you possibly haven’t flipped your cooling system on yet and might 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 actually be more efficient and also save you more money? Here’s how you can work your ceiling fans and your air conditioner correctly together: Adjust air direction Based on the season, ceiling fans have the possibility to run clockwise or counterclockwise. Air should be wafting down during the summer months to distribute more air down. To find out which way your fan is moving, you can stand below the fan and see if you sense the breeze, and if not, change 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 greatest way to reduce costs this summer is by increasing your thermostat a couple of degrees. With the help of your ceiling fan, you won’t even sense the higher thermostat temperature and your coziness shouldn’t be altered too much. For every degree you add to the temperature in your home, you’re permitting your air conditioner to work not as hard and feasibly saving yourself money. Turn off your fan when you're not home Everyone should treat their ceiling fans like their lights; when no one is in the room, it’s better to turn them off. Running fans in rooms without anyone in them limits the benefits from the wind chill and decreases energy in your home. Here at Ilten's Incorporated in Cedar Rapids, we are all about ensuring your comfort while saving you money from your pocket. We want you to make the ideal decisions for your home and know all the possibilities to make your summer as efficient and cool as possible. If you have any questions about running your fan and air conditioner together, give us a call at 319-363-0283 and speak with one of our air conditioner experts or schedule an appointment with us online.