Using Your Fan and Air Conditioner in St. Cloud

April 13, 2016

The weather is finally getting warmer and soon you might have to change over to your air conditioner. Along with arranging your annual air conditioner service with the pros at Osceola Air, LLC, there are a few other things you can do to remain comfortable and save money this month.

During the transformation season in St. Cloud, those far too few spring days, you likely use ceiling fans to keep comfy. Did you know that operating your ceiling fan along with your air conditioner may not only keep you more comfortable during the warmer days, but also save you on energy costs? In order to do that you have to ensure you’re using 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 very 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 dependent on the season. During the warmer months you’ll want to ensure 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 what the thermostat says.

Turn Off Fan When You’re Not There

Treat your ceiling fan like you do 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 operating your fan. Don’t forget, 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 Osceola Air, LLC in St. Cloud. We want to help you make great decisions when it comes to heating and cooling your home. Call us at 407-477-6319 and talk with one of our air conditioner service pros.