use your ceiling fan with your ac unit to reduce electric bills

Using Your Fan and Air Conditioner in Mount Pleasant

The weather is finally heating up and soon you may have to turn over to your air conditioner. Along with scheduling your annual air conditioner service with the experts at Olde Towne Heating & Air, there are a few other things you can do to remain cozy and save money this month.

During the in-between season in Mount Pleasant, 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 make sure you’re utilizing ceiling fans and your air conditioning as you should be. Here’s a handful of things to remember:

Raise Your Thermostat

This is where the cost savings can potentially 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 lowering the period of the “on” cycle of your air conditioner.

Adjust Air Direction

Ceiling fans have a clockwise and counterclockwise setting to switch dependent on the season. During the warmer months you’ll want to be 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 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 feel the wind chill that a fan offers you’re wasting energy by operating your fan. Remember, 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 Olde Towne Heating & Air in Mount Pleasant. We want to help you make good decisions when it comes to heating and cooling your home. Call us at 843-856-1433 and talk with one of our air conditioner service pros or you can easily set up an appointment with us online.