ceiling fan tips

Using Your Fan and Air Conditioner in the Main Line

The weather is finally warming up and soon you could have to turn over to your air conditioner. Along with arranging your annual air conditioner service with the team at O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning, there are a few other things you can do to keep comfortable and save money throughout the year.

During the in-between season in the Main Line, those far too few spring temps, you may use ceiling fans to keep cool. Did you know that running your ceiling fan along with your air conditioner may not only keep you more comfortable during the warmer days, but also save you on your bills? In order to do that you have to ensure you’re taking advantage of ceiling fans and your air conditioning correctly. 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 bills. Raising your thermostat by even a couple degrees, in addition to utilizing your ceiling fan, shouldn’t change your comfort level very 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 according to the season. During the warmer months you’ll want to make sure the air is blowing down. You can stand below the fan to see if you feel a breeze. If you don’t, change the direction. Ceiling fans do not actually cool your air, but they make you feel cooler. It’s the wind chill effect. You’ll feel cooler than the temperature 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 take in the wind chill that a fan offers you’re wasting energy by using 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 O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning in the Main Line. We want to help you make the best decisions when it comes to heating and cooling your home. Call us at 610-626-2540 and speak with one of our air conditioner service professionals or you can easily set up an appointment with us online.